I don’t even have to tell you how popular tribute poems are — the number that have been rolling into my email in box lately is testament enough! I appreciate all who are reading and wanting to participate in the blog by sending in their poems. I will post as many as I can. For those thinking about sending in poems, here are some guidelines.
Maybe the greatest merit of the tribute poem is its accessibility. Anyone can write one, anyone can appreciate one, anyone can be the subject of one.
Today’s tribute comes from Helen Shubert of Springettsbury Township, who writes about her best friend’s college graduation … at age 60! That fact alone is worthy of tribute, but Helen’s poem rings with the sentiments of true friendship, as well as spiritual faith.
When Alice Graduated College
Alice I am so proud of you
I don’t know where to begin
When I think about all that we’ve both been through
I sigh, I laugh, I smile and I grin.
Remember the times when you sat at your desk,
With your Bible open while you read?
Remember I said ‘you should be working’
And you answered
“and you might consider going to church instead,”
Instead of sinning as I was back then
That’s why I thank God for your presence.
If it wasn’t for you, praying for me
God only knows where I would now be.
I’ve watched you grow into a Saint
Cause you was right there with me!
But the example you provided
In your walk with the Lord
Provided just what I want to grow up to be.
I admire your strength for I know where it comes from
And I strive on a daily basis
To get closer to Jesus as I live my life
To strengthen me for all I face.
Now you’re walking down yet another aisle.
And you worked harder to get to this one.
You deserve all the kudos and congratulations
And you know who to thank…
His name is Jesus, and believe me
He’s the First one!
Next thank your husband, for he supported you
Right from the very start
And don’t forget family and friends you know.
Remember, I played a part.
Remember how I listened to some of your Essays?
I always loved to critique?
Remember when you needed a word spelled correctly?
Yeah, that’s right, who did you seek?
That would be me and that’s why I feel
That I’m walking right next to you
Praise God, Thank you Jesus
I knew you could do it.
That’s all, I love you, I’m through!
Thanks for sharing, Helen!