Loud music and NASCAR races,
Hoodies and BBQ.
Cats named after rock stars
And eyes the deepest shade of blue.
You rode a riding lawnmower to our house
You borrowed all of our tools.
Sometimes you weren’t all there,
With your fast cars, you were never one to follow rules.
You needed a friend
To go to the movies with.
But, people were your biggest fear,
So you spent time with a fifth.
They judged your failures and minimized your successes
You could do no right.
You went to another world
In which day might as well have been the dead of night.
Could we have saved you?
You stayed as long as you could stand for us.
I wish I would have been more understanding,
Pummeling your anxieties to dust.
Everyone said I looked like you
And we were so similar.
With the strength you left behind,
I’ll carry on into the future.
Your memory is all around.
From the shelves you built me
To the house you left me,
You’ll always be our Tony.