Dear Kurt,


I am in my late time trying


Still to catch the tiger tail of wisdom,


Pull myself up to your side,


To tell you what I've spent a


Lifetime's struggle learning...


That I love living,


And that I hope to learn to love myself


As much as I love you and life itself.


Strange it should take this stranger so long


To near understanding,


Lost too long with forebrain wandering,


Always why-wondering,


Angry at never knowing why;


Now to begin to know


Truths are felt in the heart,


If it's open.


All to take this shy pilgrim


The long way 'round to wish upon the star


For us


A very merry Christmas.