|Hello Bob. I'll begin with a version of the standard disclaimer I usually give to someone whose work I'm reviewing: I do not consider myself a writer; nor do I, a poet. I am naught but a newbie here, trying to learn what I should have begun to learn 45 years ago. If only I'd heard my calling.
So ... you wish to know what I think of your poem. I've read it three times. It's a beautiful tribute to your Pastor. And it leaves no doubt as to the depth of the gratitude and admiration you feel towards him.
To be honest though, I have trouble with the meter when reading it. In certain stanzas it starts off fine, but then I seem to lose the rhythm. Perhaps it reads differently to you, the writer. Maybe you sneak an extra word into the beat here and there, as you read it back. I could be placing the accent on the wrong syllable. It may be only that there IS one word too many. Or one word too few. But my difficulty with it, recurred throughout most of the piece.
Also, I noticed in the second-to-last stanza, you switch the rhyming scheme around, then return to the original, for the last. I have no idea whether this is a perfectly fine thing to do or not. But I personally, found it off-throwing.
I'm giving you 4 stars, which is what I normally award a piece I find problems with. If I find nothing wrong at all, and have enjoyed the reading experience, I award 5 stars. From what I've seen, that's what most of the folks here do.
Keep in touch. And keep writing, eh?