The Rock Posted A Moving Tribute To His Father Rocky Johnson

The pro wrestling world was saddened on Wednesday to hear about the passing of legendary wrestler Rocky Johnson. But obviously the feelings of fans who remember a great performer, and even co-workers who can speak to what a great guy he was, can’t compare to the feelings of the departed’s own family, which in this case includes a very famous son, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

The Rock had no obligation to say anything publicly about the death of his father. He could have mourned privately, and we all would have respected that. But considering that he lives so much of his life in public, and that his father was a public figure too, it’s not surprising that he’d make a statement.

That statement came in the form of a free verse poem, posted to Instagram along with a video of a young Dwayne watching Rocky in a wrestling match. It seems very sincere, not to mention moving, and it’s definitely worth a read.

Here’s the full text:

I love you.
You broke color barriers, became a ring legend and trail blazed your way thru this world.
I was the boy sitting in the seats, watching and adoring you, my hero from afar.
The boy you raised to always be proud of our cultures and proud of who and what I am.
The boy you raised with the toughest of love.
The intense work.
The hard hand.
The adoring boy who wanted to know only your best qualities.
Who then grew to become a man realizing you had other deep complex sides that needed to be held and understood.
Son to father.
Man to man.
That’s when my adoration turned to respect.
And my empathy turned to gratitude.
Grateful that you gave me life.
Grateful you gave me life’s invaluable lessons.
Dad, I wish I had one more shot to tell you, I love you, before you crossed over to the other side.
But you were ripped away from me so fast without warning.
Gone in an instant and no coming back.
Im in pain.
But we both know it’s just pain and it’ll pass.
Now I’ll carry your mana and work ethic with me, as it’s time to move on because I have my family to feed and work to accomplish.
Finally, I want you to rest your trailblazing soul, Soulman.
Pain free, regret free, satisfied and at ease.
You lived a very full, very hard, barrier breaking life and left it all in the ring.
I love you dad and I’ll always be your proud and grateful son.
Go rest high.