(Michael Timmins )
Caught in the vice of heaven and earth
he turned his life into a cell
imprisoned by the doubts which hound us all
and those desires which we all know so well.
His days he lost to promises, his nights he purged of dreams
and he would wake in the hours before sunrise
and dread the coming of the day.
Never thought a man could become so desperate
never thought a life could lose so much hope
to be tearing at the roots around you
as if in manacles, or irons, or ropes.
They say he told his children that all he taught was lost
that love and pride and honesty
were to be gained at too high a cost.
It’s been thirty summers that I’ve spent with him
and I expect thirty more to pass
he has blessed my life in so many ways
that I could never turn my back.
But I need just one more reminder
of the man that he used to be
if he would just look deep into my eyes
and say it’s in you my love that I will find the key.