is carved with lines of permanent dignity,
a silent longing for the unconquered,
are rough, expressive and gentle.
agile and flexible for delicate photography
for the demands
of stone masonry.
On top of
your head is perched a black captain's hat,
your eye is a rakishly worn black leather eye-patch
to hide more
the eye it covers.
speaks words of wisdom and peace,
a voice of
steel, yet somehow tempered
and a deep genuine feeling of love
to whom you speak.
you feel for your family
is as a mountain
in the midst of a violent storm,
force with roots firmly implanted in the soil,
any foreign attack upon it.
longs to be in those mountains, where you were born.
My body longs
to be there also.
I am of your
I am strong,
I am loved.
You are missed.