Fifty Stars, Thirteen Stripes:

Everyday is another moment

That I see your face

That I remember your name

In that damp, dark earth

Your body lies, still

But you saw to it

That you are free

And for that I am grateful

Just a few hundred yards

From your fleshy vessel

Stands tall and proud

Saying all that needs be said

Fifty stars, thirteen stripes

Billowing in the breezes

Whipping to and fro

Speaks in your

Physical absence

The dedication, the dependability,

The sacrifice you made for us all

Stows you deep within hearts

Mayhap life blinds us all

But for each step I take

After our parting of ways

Has become a step for you

A step where your memory

Too serves as a model,

A guide to follow

A dream to chase

Hold tight to that bliss

You have now, Jay

I only envy that now

You laid an example

One could only hope

To aspire

My hope only to try

You died giving a gift

To each of us

But as your name is forgotten

Your words, your actions

Is engraved on the heart

Fifty stars, thirteen stripes

Billowing in the breezes

Whipping to and fro

Speaks in your

Physical absence

Fifty stars, thirteen stripes

Wave above your grave, Jay

Hold tight to Old Glory,

Hold tight