She was my hero once, she was my joy,
A mighty and an independent soul
Who brought comfort to a lost, flailing boy
Grown up too soon and struggling for control
Of a life out of sorts. I watched her bring
Sympathy and empathy in a time
Of desperate need, when such a simple thing
Seemed beyond the grasp of a confused mind
Shattered by events misunderstood, when
Nothing made sense. Her mature words were balm
To a family needing just that. And then
Bearings found, we all found a sense of calm.
Dear Nicki, you changed my life, this I know.
You’re with me now, and everywhere I go.