Right: Don V. Becker, January 7, 1913 - December 27, 2006
Left: Richard Q. Becker (my dad), March 10, 1917 - December 19, 1985
At the last, tenderly,
From the walls of the powerful, fortress'd house,
From the clasp of the knitted locks--from the keep of the well-closed doors,
Let me be wafted.
Let me glide noiselessly forth;
With the key of softness unlock the locks--with a whisper,
Set ope the doors, O Soul!
Tenderly! be not impatient!
(Strong is your hold, O mortal flesh!
Strong is your hold, O love.)
--The Last Invocation, Walt Whitman