I saw you today.
You soared over the treetops. Your sharp eyes locked mine as I watched the feathers on your breast ruffle in the wind.
You arced slowly above turning gracefully as you passed.
Entrancing me with your pose, you dipped, and paused for my gaze.
I knew you knew me. I knew you, too. Today, of all days, I wanted a sign. More than anything, I pleaded, let your spirit be known.
As it always is….in nature….in life….in everything wild and free.
And there you were, just as I hoped.
More majestic, and beautiful than I could ever imagine. But so perfect…so utterly perfect.
The wind called.
Greater heights beckoned.
You had to go.
Higher and higher to the heavens you must return.
I soaked in every moment with you. I watched. I followed. I wished for the wind to bring you back. Just once more by Dad, I have my camera ready now.
By then, you were just a speck in the sky.
I know, your spirit is like the wind in your wings. It takes you where you need to be.
You can no more deny your calling than I could stop the forces that call you.
But your beauty, your protection, and your message. It was not lost on me. And my soul yearned to fly with you.
I knew I would see you today.
If I just opened my eyes……and looked up.
Happy Birthday Dad. May your journey always continue.
I see you.
Gary L. Sims Dec 4, 1946-Dec 7, 2009