Tribute to Mentors

I wish you had been there
the day that I was born.
I wish you had been there
when bonnets I had worn.

 

I wish you had been there
when careful steps I learned.
I wish you had been there
when my words to phrases turned.

 

I wish you had been there
to see me off to school.
I wish you had been there
e'en when I broke a rule.

 

I wish you had been there
to hear my first recital.
And I wish you had been there
to cheer me all the while.

 

I wish you had been there
when hurting much, I grieved.
I wish you had been there
when I later joy received.

 

I wish you had been there
to see me graduate.
I wish you had been there
when first I had a date.

 

I wish you had been there
the time in love I fell.
And I wish you had been there
to hear my wedding bell.

 

I wish all this not from pride
Or even selfishness.
These things I wish cannot now be,
But I will tell you this:

 

When first I met you face to face,
With you I longed to share
These special moments of my life,
Though you could not be there.

 

I've loved you like my third parent,
A teacher, mentor, friend.
I hoped you'd see my love for you,
And love to me extend.

 

So what I'm wishing now is that
My children will love you, too.
I hope they'll see you as I did
And love you as I do.

 

Teach them what you've taught to me
The greatest truths I've learned.
I know they'll gain a treasure box
Worth more than money earned.

 

Though my first wish cannot be done,
If you just help them see
The very things to me you've taught,
Then granted it will be.

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