G'chan=family term, meaning grandfather in Japanese
I miss your gentle spirit
and will always think of you
when I see the cherry blossom trees in bloom
or hear the sound of Taiko drumrolls
sounding the thunder of the Buddhas in the skies.
You were my only daughter's G'chan.
You didn't get to hear her practicing her
newly acquired Japanese language skills
which she has been studying so as to call
and say hello (Kon-ichi-wa) and how are you.
We want you to know your granddaughter Sara
will call your beloved B'chan and speak
a Japanese phrase of love and compassion
and a gentle goodbye for her love and soulmate.
I just received news that G'chan is gone.
May his spirit live forever with the thunder
of the skies, and may his soul's home be scented with the loveliest carnations,
like the ones he grew for so many years.