Monday, June 18, 2012
A Prayer for Daz
For my wife, my love, and for my children, here is a prayer-poem written not by a stranger, but by Daddy, just for our Little Man.
Alrighty Almighty, you got my kid. I don't know if you took him, or if he came of his own free will, or if you needed him, or if this was just one of those suck-parts that come with life, but he's there and I'm here, and you're gonna have to get a few things straight.
First off, his name is Dastan. It's not Dustin, or Datsun, or Destin. It is DASTAN.
I know, it's a Persian name. To make it more complicated, we added two German names: Jerome Wheeler.
And to top it off, his last name is TRANT. Not Trent or Tramp. TRANT.
I know it's complicated, and if you get it right you'll be the first. I just want to make sure you understand who you're dealing with.
Next you need to teach him a few things. Start with his colors. He was learning them at school, and best we can tell he liked the color purple the best.
Now show him how to throw the ball for the dogs. He already had a good start on that, along with tug-of-war. You have a Golden up there who is perfect for Daz (Daz is short for Dastan, God, in case you missed that).
Now teach him to be sweet like his momma. Teach him to play like his brother and sister.
Teach him love, Lord, now that you have him. Let his legacy be a stronger family and a better world. Give us strength, let us mourn, and every once in a while, let us feel Little Man's arms around our neck.
That was another one of his names. Little Man. Dazaster. Dazaroo. Daz. His sister made a memorial t-shirt that you can read. It has a lot more names than those.
It is true to say the little guy was everything to everyone in this family. Let him be so to you, Lord, as I know he must be, because you love no other way.
Until my heart stops beating, God, it will ache for him, and mine is not the only one. Make this good, Lord, please make this good.
PS. He loved Kermit the Frog. If you haven't already, get him one. He likes to chew on the nose.
Eric W. Trant is a published author of several short stories and the novel Out of the Great Black Nothing. He is currently represented by Debrin Case at Open Heart Publishing. See more of Eric's work here: Publications