I first learned of this poem from my dad. He gave it to me before I left for Army Basic Training in 1996. I have no idea where it originates from or how he found it, but I tucked it into a journal for safe-keeping.
I’m glad I did, because 18 months later he passed away. This was among a precious few things I was able to keep after he was gone. Having brought me strength and courage over the years, I thought it was time to spiff it up and share it. Enjoy.