we all look up to the sky
we raise our drinks up high.
Happy Birthday Grandad,
It’s your day.
you would have been 78
and yes, it would be great
if we could all still see your face.
Still see you sitting in your place,
just across from the television
in the Aylesbury estate.
Instead we solider on,
visit where you were laid to rest.
It’s a time of reflection,
where we attempt to create a connection
with you up in heaven
reassure you we are doing our best.
At every family gathering
there is still a space for you.
With every laugh, smile and tear
we know you feel it too.
At times of celebration
your absence is still felt
but your memories live on.
Over time they have helped
us to focus on the good.
Keep us moving forward,
that’s what you would have wanted us to do.
your infamous advice still lives on,
Dad frequently reminds me
that you used to say ‘trust no bastard,
and you will rarely go wrong.’
So today Grandad,
we know it’s your birthday
but we all wanted to say
we love and cherish you
and still think about you every single day.