i have so much in my life
to be thankful for
so many memories
on which i reflect
but the greatest of all
are the golden years i recall
of the grandparents who earned my respect .
my grandmother it seems
can still enter my dreams
whenever i'm living a lie
for she taught ''speak from your heart''
from the truth don't depart
a lesson i've tried to live by.
i treasure my friends
though the truth sometimes tends
to be something they don't wish to hear
but i stick by my beliefs
and i gain some relief
when i'm forgiven by those i hold dear.
my family too
can sometimes be blue
when faced with unpalatable truth
but i can't change who i am
for i am the man
my grandparents defined in my youth.
so from my heart i will speak
sometimes tongue firmly in cheek
and i thank all for the love that they give
for without you i'd be weak
and have a heart made from teak
i will treasure you as long as i live .