Not so much of a party,
not as much as you would think.
There was no hard drink or cake,
make no mistake, it was a cause
to celebrate. We came to
congregate and share kind words
for a man who loved to raise a glass
when the occasion called for it.
Somber and solemn did not enter
into our minds. We found time
to have a laugh, recalling fondly
the moments in the presence
of the head of the roost.
Here’s a toast to one good man
as we bid goodbye! A new year
with out him near, and a single tear
finds its way down the cheek.
The comfort and peace he did seek,
we cheer for John in his passing.


(C) Walter J Wojtanik, 2015