could i but walk on water
could i but reach down twenty feet
could i have but given you my hand(this hand)
and with all of the strength
(of the five hundred attendees of your funeral)
have pulled you from the depths.

could it have been but a
terrifying episode
which made your mother
hold you closer than the
first day you were born.
and i might have been moved
to tell you, you were loved so.

for i loved you so.