A Tribute

A Dedication in Your Loving Memory

Mary Joan Wanyama (1946 – 1997)

Lawrence Pierre Wanyama (1945 – 2000)

So many shadows come to mind, when I think about you

Years have come and gone, but your memory remains fresh

If only I could turn back time and hear your voices

I would tell you that you are still my best friends

I would tell you that you are still the best parents I could ask for

I would tell you that no one can ever take your place in my heart

Without you, life has never been the same again


Each time you think of me, know I miss you

If tears could build stairs and memories could form a lane

I would walk right up to heaven and bring you home

My heart still aches in sadness, and tears still flow

like it was yesterday when you left us

What it meant to lose you, no one will ever know


What happened to those lazy days, when I was just a child

When my life was consumed in you, in your love, and in your protection

What happened to those times when I always looked up to you

No matter what happened in life, you made my gray skies blue

Who will I turn to for answers when life does not make sense

Who will be there to hold me close when the pieces just don’t fit


It was a big family, but you made each of us feel special

With everything you offered us growing up

We were among the few privileged families in the town

I always looked forward to that time when I would give back

Unfortunately, you both left us before I ever gave back anything

The only way I am left to give back is by supporting causes you believed in


You taught me many lessons in life; lessons that I have held close to my heart.

With those lessons, I’ve gone many places, met many people, and done many things.

But of all the things I’ve done, and of all the things that I am most proud of

Is the fact that I am your child


I have met many people who still cry over your names

I have met many people, whose lives you touched

These people still talk about how you opened your door to them

How you feed them and how you spent time with them

They make it seem like they lost you more than we did

They make it seem like you are just away on a trip and will come home some day


Left behind, the unending tears of your children

Sweet memories of love and a life well spent

To God I say

Please find my parents and give them my love

Rest in peace