A Son Never Forgets
How many times has he answered the call?
Even when you shunned him, the victim of your own insecurity.
When you were alone and trembling and facing a wall,
He erased all doubts and stood by for posterity.
And as if that wasn’t enough, he made you his friend,
Let you in on his secrets, the older brother you never had.
He taught you life lessons with the grace and skill to pretend,
That you can disguise with a smile a heart that’s so sad.
As from his example, you’ve struggled to earn,
The respect that you craved when he taught you to fight.
For the things you believe in and the courage to say,
I am the man you’ve helped me become, and I make it my right
To honor you, Dad, without reservation or regret.
Through time’s long, lonely passage, a son never forgets.
Copyright © 2003 by John L. Fischer