Sunday, January 30, 2005

For the Family of Joseph Ashley


Many brothers share their grief
On these pages in cyberspace
With you, the dear family of the fallen one
Who now resides in permanent grace.

My tears well up as I read the outpouring
From those that you never knew
You know us now better as we try to express
Our loss, knowing how much bigger the loss for you.

Though most of us try, our words cannot bring
Much peace to you and your family
But with you we’ll grieve and remember him
Now a Submarine Hero, Joseph Allen Ashley.

You lost a son, and we lost a brother
But life must still go on
We’re with you in spirit, so keep your chin up,
And trust in the Heavenly Father.

By Steve Collier, a retired submariner in memory of MM2(SS) Joseph Allen Ashley