Here's another entry into the song challenge. I heard Elton John's "The Last Song" and several possibilities came to mind. Here is one of them.

The Last Song
by Judith Freudenthal
1996

Nick laid in his hospice bed too weak to do anything much and saw Natalie by his side, as she had been for the last forty years. To him she was as beautiful as ever, not noticing her weakness.

Their visitor entered again. He said nothing. His eyes held sadness and anger. Natalie was torn between giving them privacy and spending as much time with Nick as she could. She had been there for the fight yesterday, and the reluctant acceptance by the visitor, of Nick's request.

Yesterday, you came to lift me up, I was light as straw and brittle as a bird.
Today I weigh less than a shadow of the wall.
Just one more spot of a voice I heard.
Tomorrow, leave the windows open.

Nick and his visitor just looked at each other, no words were necessary. Natalie left, giving the visitor a stern glance.

As fear grows please hold me in your arms.
Won't you help me, if you can, to shake this anger.
I need your gentle hands to keep me calm because I never thought I'd lose, I'd always thought I'd win.
I've never dreamed I'd feel this fire beneath my skin.
I can't believe you love me.
I never thought you'd come, I guess I misjudged the love between a father and his son.

Nick could not believe that LaCroix would have come to see him die, not after all these years. It was then that he realized that LaCroix had loved him all those years, even though he never showed it.

Things we never said come together, the hidden truth no longer haunting me.
Tonight we touched on touched on things that were never spoken.
That kind of understanding sets me free.
Because I never thought I'd lose, I'd always thought I'd win.
I've never dreamed I'd feel this fire beneath my skin.
I can't believe you loved me.
I guess I misjudged love between a father and a son.

The end

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