After he died, he was asked if he had any messages he wanted to share.

“I would say ‘I love you’ more often.”

but you said it a lot,

and – you were heard.

“but I didn’t say it in every breath,

instead I said it only when it came to mind.”

but you said it often, doesn’t that count?

“it’s not a question of counting,” he said

“it’s a question of whether or not anything

else which my breath pushed between my lips

meant anything as much as “I love you.”

but you saved the world.

“but I could have said ‘I love you’ even then.”

I took the message to heart, and now

my son hears “I love you” in every breath.

but I know my message from the other side

will still be,

that it wasn’t enough.