Letter From Dale by
A fine Daytona afternoon, the
season just begun.
My boys were running one and two, and I was having fun.
I probably could have won the thing, but something held me back.
I was busy watching Dale and Mike -- and holding off the pack.
I was looking toward the front and not really to the rear.
Something tapped me on my bumper, but still I had no fear.
I thought it might be Sterling - I knew he was nearby.
When Sterling smells the checkered flag, I'll tell you, he ain't shy.
I slipped a bit. I turned the wheel. I sensed something very odd.
It wasn't Sterling's tap I'd felt. It was the tap of God.
"Not now," I said. "I'm racing hard. There's work still here to do."
"You're time is up," He whispered low, "So say a quick adieu."
I wasn't really ready, but I didn't have a choice.
He'd tapped me on the bumper and I'd heard His hallowed voice.
So I did as He instructed. I just packed it in and left.
I guess it can't be helped that I left some of you bereft.
Did you see those birds upon the wall as they scattered in the breeze?
Will it make it any easier to know that one of them was me?
There was also Davey, Dad and Neil and some other guys I've known.
And they all came to Daytona just to escort me on home.
Hey - congratulations, Mikey! You made a worthy run.
I wish you many, many more. You're wins have just begun.
All that fun you had in Victory Lane, I was proud as proud can be.
Did you see a seagull flying low? Yeah, Mikey, that was me.
So, friends and fans and family, don't mourn me for too long.
Get on with life - take care of things - be brave and proud and strong
I'll surely miss you every one. About that I will not lie.
But as long as you remember me - I didn't really die.
letter from Dale - Part II
The race was filled with memories, as the balloons
floated towards the sky
But up there Dale was smiling, and had a twinkle in
He's been there at every track, invisible to see
Watching THE KID he picked, to drive the number 3
This was his third race, Dale said, "Guess it is time"
"For the KID driving my car, to be the first across
"I liked what I saw, and knew he'd do just fine"
"He won this one for me, THE KID driving 29"
"This is what you needed, to know that I'm still here"
"Richard and Chocolate crying, but this time joyful
"Kevin, I had to tell ya, your wife's the prettiest
"You have all my blessings, and all the joy life
"I didn't make it to your wedding, but a gift I send
"Thought this might be fitting,... a trip to Victory
"Like a replay of my Daytona, just like in a dream"
"Driving down pit row, and greeted by every team"
"I want you to know, I'm proud of what you do"
"Doing double duty in the 29 and 2"
"I was up here cheering, like seeing time rewind"
"Almost like a replay, of me and Bobby at the line"
"You can bet that I was grinning, as I watched you go
"Doing Alan's Victory Lap, with three finger waving
I'm honored to be able to post some poems written by some dear friends I've made in yahoo's auto chat room. Special thanks to Yomeister, Jennibe2, Wanna, and Keesyy for not only having the talent to put into words their emotions and thoughts but for also sharing them with us. Just click on the links in the navigation bar to read their very special poems to and about a very GREAT man.
There's also some poems are off the eagle 106.7 fm web site.
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