I recently lost my most-beloved father-figure, my dearest, darling Uncle. He was a good, kind, honest and humble man. That he cared for and respected those he knew from all walks of life, has never been more manifest, than in the eloquent tributes that have been pouring in from all across the world. His passing brought to mind the following poem (I am unable to locate its original author, but would be happy to attribute authorship if anyone points me in the right direction):
The Measure of a Man
How do you know the measure of a man?
Is it through the life he leads?
Is it through his path of integrity,
That he never would concede?
Do you know the measure of a man
When he stares into your eyes?
When his love and kindness fills you
And his spirit you can’t disguise.
Can you see the measure of a man?
Who smiles throughout his pain.
Who always embraced the sunshine
And laughed through all the rain.
I have seen the measure of a man
Whose family hold him dear,
Whose strength was inspirational
And intent always sincere.
I have known the measure of a man.
One who touched your heart,
Who the angels softly spoke to and who
From us now must part.
Remember that the measure of this
Man shall never fade or be lost
And the love he brought into our
Lives will never be forgot.
Softly we will speak of him
To chase the pain away
And the love we share between us
Will unite us again someday.
Please do remember my Uncle in your thoughts and prayers. May his soul rest in eternal peace. Amen.
Saneeya Qureshi © 2014