Editor's note: Mike Glick is a singer song writer and friend of Pete Seeger who said "he was one of the best song writer's going."
Ah Pete, I somehow thought you were like the Sequoia
And that your roots would just get deeper and stronger and keep on growing
You sheltered us and your many branches nurtured us, making us a home and a growing community
You stood - and still stand (always) for every decent, kind and caring impulse of the American people
The desire for fair play, a chance for a better life for all, a celebration of our differences and similarities
Quintessentially American, your message still carried to all parts of the world
Even as I once brought your words and their message of peace and friendship in a small cassette to friends at a festival of song in Calcutta
They carried such meaning to people half way around the globe, these "children" of Satyajit Ray - as we are all your "children"
You were, and are our Mandela - our shining light to point the way
And your roots will continue to grow and spread farther and deeper
With More love, More peace, More freedom, More justice
And as the journey deepens and grows
"Precious friend, you will be there" Siempre y Presente!
Photo: Pete Seeger, center, Bruce Springsteen, right, and Seeger's grandson Tao Seeger, perform during the " We Are One: Opening Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial" in Washington, Jan. 18, 2009. Carolyn Kaster/AP