Tonight is my Dad’s birthday
we celebrated together
though he was there in spirit, not in body
he told me he’d wait for me on Jupiter
and I trust that he will keep that promise
and we the living sung him Happy Birthday
all his remaining friends and family
and we all know how the tune Happy Birthday goes
until we get to the second last line:
Happy Birthday dear ….
and the blank was filled in with every word from:
Dad, David, Brother, Grandpa, Uncle
that his name was lost in a cacophony of names
and I thought of God
and how one life force
can have so many interpretations.
Maybe we’re more Hindu than we know.