The truest test of fatherhood comes late.
When son becomes man, he stands beside,
and not below the man, he shares his fate.
A father is both friend and life’s first guide.
Yet, all in turn must pass, thou stand alone.
Art thou prepared to stand one’s place with calm?
Doth thou possess your Father’s staunch backbone-
To minister to all, nary a qualm?
In study, in pursuit, one spent a life;
Thus, upon you is the torch doth he pass,
Art thou ready, in peace or in bold strife?
He has prepared you fully for this task.
The King is dead, they say, long live the king!
Perchance, if once more, Dad could don the ring.
David L. Stanley. January 2019.