It doesn't take much
a flag waving, a church bell tolling
to make me remember you
I will love you, through all the long years
and burnish bright your memory.
Forgive me. I will try. Try to keep your name
in the mouths of all who knew you
and honor your fame
until my own flame passes.
God, stand in the gap for them
who went ahead, and died in place of me.