I watched over a child of mine
Grow to be a proud Marine
He safely returned from a war
To which I thank God for.

I did so love, respect my boy
Forced now to know his mind did destroy
Combat related they surely will deny
But we all know it’s due to PTSD/TBI.

Oh, but how I do miss him so
Far too young, considering he was a hero
To walk this land with ‘brothers’ and friend
Professing courage, commitment to the end.

Farewell my son, farewell to your loyalty
Your love, respect, devotion and clan trinity
Torn is my heart, light of my light, I do so cry
Gone to angles, forever young, Semper Fi.

Mike Dalgliesh to Rory Dalgliesh

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