-To Debby, Danny, and Caitie (with thanks to Gary Chapman and Billie and Sarai)

The quality of time I gave to you
Was sorely negligent beyond compare.
How could I not have seen what I could do
To prove the love that we were born to share?

The acts of service which I did for thee
Were lacking in what thou had wished from me.
Yet I persisted selfishly my plea
That fam'ly was "my first priority."

The gifts of love which I might give a wife
Were not sufficient for the love I felt.
The touches I extended in our life
Together forced the hand which I was dealt.

So words of affirmation, not enough,
Still felt by all as merely so much fluff....

Austerlitz, NY
30 June 2006