Earlier this month, Stanley Wilcox, a 46-year-old U.S. Navy veteran of Trussville, Alabama, died suddenly of a heart attack. He left behind four children and a wife. His 13-year-old daughter, Hailey Wilcox, wrote this poem for her father’s funeral.
“Wait for Me in Heaven”
by Hailey Wilcox
If I only had five minutes the day you passed away,
I would have had time to tell you all the things I needed to say.
I never got to tell you how much you mean to me,
Or that you were the best dad, better than any man could be.
The last time that I talked to you
I wish I would have known.
I would have said I love you,
and kept you on the phone.
If I only had five minutes,
the morning you passed away,
I’d give you one last hug so tight and see your great big smile.
I’d tell you that I don’t think I could live without you,
not even for a while.
I’d kiss your cheek and take your hand and tell you it’s okay to go
And tell you that I’ll miss you,
more than you’ll ever know.
But you were gone so quickly,
One last car ride you’d take.
Before you even knew it,
you were standing at heaven’s gate.
Now God has called upon you,
It’s time to get your wings.
To leave this life behind you,
And enjoy all of heaven’s beautiful things.
So wait for me in heaven Dad,
Don’t let me come alone.
The day the angels come for me,
Please be there to bring me home.