If Vance had write he farewell speech

I wonder how long t’would be

 

If he had start on Christmas

He would still be here today

He woulda live way past the first

With all he would want to say

Imagine all the writin

That he would have to do

To him it was excitin

To write a line or two

It seems like once he started

He didn’t want to stop

And the more he got excited

The more the words would drop

 

If Vance had write he farewell speech

I wonder how long t’would be

 

Knowin’ him he would say thanks

To all the teachers from his past

And he would not leave any blanks

He would name them first to last

He would make sure that the spelling

Was all done correctly

Cause to Vance it was compelling

To do things to a T

And those teachers would be so proud

To see what they help to build

A man who never shouting loud

Was heard way up the hill

 

If Vance had write he farewell speech

I wonder how long t’would be

 

And every friend he ever had

Would have to be all named

I know that they would all be glad

For that moment of fame

And all of his acquaintances

Their names would be added too

And he would list the instances

Whether they were many or few

And those that he has worked with

And those he served with also

Every one who played a bit

In the life Vance came to know.

 

 

If Vance had write he farewell speech

I wonder how long t’would be

 

Now looking back it seems to me

If we had read between the lines

I bet that all of us would see

He told us many times

We just never paid attention

Our thoughts were just not there

Did we not hear him mention

This may be the last time I am here?

Didn’t he through all he told us

Prepare us for this day

That as much as he loved us

He will one day go away

How many of us reached out and said to him

Thank you for all you’ve done

Beyond a doubt Vance must be named

One of St. Maarten’s greatest sons.

 

If Vance had write he farewell speech

No matter how long t’would be

I, for one, know that when it end

It would hurt like hell to have to say

Rest in peace; husband, father, brother, friend.

 

Clifton R. Wilson