The pain is still here

Plain for all to see

It doesn't matter much to me

All I can think about is how I wish you were still near

And that you hadn't wanted to be taken that October night

To me you were never the guy who made that one mistake that February night

To me you were always you & I still love you just as I always have even if you aren't here now

And despite the reason you were taken I'll always miss you & I'll never stop loving you

When I think of you

I don't see the guy they want me to

I don't see the one they tried to shield from view

I still see you as the amazing man you were

And no matter who tries to tear down that image

It'll always be a part of me

Just as I know you always will be

To me you were never the guy who made that one mistake that February night

To me you were always you & I still love you just as I always have even if you aren't here now

And despite the reason you were taken I'll always miss you & I'll never stop loving you

So many wanted you to be forgotten

And I'm sure they thought they'd get their way

When they heard the news that October day

But they couldn't have been more wrong I'm glad to say

To me you were never the guy who made that one mistake that February night

To me you were always you & I still love you just as I always have even if you aren't here now

And despite the reason you were taken I'll always miss you & I'll never stop loving you

Author's Note: Originally written on December 4, 2005