By Kilikina, a high school sophomore

My heart bleeds with sorrow
For a man I never knew.
He has touched me deeply
And has encouraged me
To please God in everything I do.

My heart yields compassion and sympathy
For his friends, his readers, his family,
And the people he touched the most.
It must be so heartbreaking to see
One you care for deeply have to go.

He lived a life of grace,
Earnestly seeking God's face,
And those who knew him knew his heart-
For us to please, to search, to serve, and love
Our God with everything we are.

So go in peace, Mike,
You'll be sorely missed,
But in our hearts we know
You're in a better place-
Living with Christ in harmony and bliss.