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July 9, 1951- August 15, 2004

My Tribute to the man who made a difference in my life and the lives of many, many others. This Death Song is dedicated to his wife, Betty Hunicutt, to his younger brother Matt, his step-father, and his sisters, Martha and Sara. I hope it brought a moment of solace to all of his friends and family.





How do we say goodbye?

How do we stop asking why?

We do this by simply saying it.

By listening to our hearts,

Knowing what he would say.

He is free of pain now,

He can climb mountains.

He can laugh, he can cry,

He can see all of our pain.

He is whole again.

He is trying to tell us not to cry,

Not to feel bad because he is well again.

He can run through the meadows,

He can wade through the streams,

He can listen to our hearts

And knows we sorely miss him.

He can touch the feathers of an eagle,

He can soar with them and see forever!

He can do so much denied him before.

He can taste for the first time ever

The sweetness of water, the nectar of life.

When he awoke, he saw sunshine,

He felt its warmth and it was good.

He found dazzling flowers,

And he breathed their sweet fragrance.

He awoke to a sun sparkling on the brook off to his side.

His skin glowed with health and he felt good, complete,

One circle is broken and another began.

But he hears our tears and they sadden him.

He wants us to know he doesn’t need our tears,

He is strong and can still fight for what is right!

He is still our Mike and he will be with us always.

So think of him in happier times,

Think of him with stories galore.

Don’t think of him with tears of sadness,

Think of him with tears of joy.

He will walk with all of us forever….




 2004.  Jacqueline C. Britton.  All rights Reserved

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Reviewed by John Hutchinson 10/31/2004
A beautiful heartfelt-and soul-felt tribute my friend!
Reviewed by Pier Tyler 10/23/2004
claywoman, this is unique and awe-inspiring. An elegant tribute and dedication, truly felt, very moving through each line. Thanks for sharing this with us.
Reviewed by Marilyn Seray 9/28/2004
this is a wonderful tribute to your friend
Reviewed by Mitzi Jackson 9/27/2004
Peace be with you all

wonderful know he is smiling at this
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 9/26/2004
Great kinda eulogy.

Nicely done..
Reviewed by Reverend Davey (Reader) 9/26/2004
Beautifully written and felt! Such true words, if only the loved ones who are left behind, were to keep thinking this way, it would give them such solace!
This topic would make a wonderful article. When I get around to it, I intend writing something similar to this. But, your poem has related it wonderfully already!
Thank you for helping his family and friends.
Rev Davey
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 9/26/2004
Beautiful tribute Clay!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Susan Barton (Reader) 9/26/2004
Beautiful, loving tribute! I'm sure his family and friends agree
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 9/26/2004
One circle is broken and another began.

Extremely heartfelt tribute to an obviously important figure in your life, and in many others' lives, Claywoman. Sounds like he will live on - in many hearts.
Reviewed by jude forese 9/26/2004
a beautiful heartfelt lament ...
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