"An accolade of historical proportions -
salutes the hero with a gift,
a homage to his act of selfless bravery!
I acclaim"- shouted the Mayor resplendent
in gold chain, and banner - "the praise is due
to such a testament of others out there in the field -
of human endeavor - Let us stand to read the eulogy.
Let read panegyric commendations. The final levy
has been brought back, and we bow before our maker -
without a penny to show, in our naked state -
Our only acclamation our tribute to him who made us.
I hesitate the encomium of his virtues...
this man who gave his life to save my son.
Who died in a song, of praise and thankfulness,
a paean of extraordinary beauty.
Who never looked up and said,Nothing matters!
He would have said, You matter, and we matter,
and together they went on, until the bullet hit."
He sat down midst the cheers of the crowd,
watched the faces glow, at the pride of the county
for one so brave, and felt defeated.