Sonnet №85 — my Father’s ruler

My father had this basswood, folding ruler. He died, it is now mine, and when I die, I hope my son will keep it, and then in turn, pass it down.

The ruler is stamped STANLEY. That’s not our branch of the family. We used to be Stanisloffsky.

Sonnet 85 — My Father’s Ruler

The wooden rule hath faded from long use.

Two feet long, it doth measure sound and true.

The marks may wane, its boxwood ne’er traduce,

with hinges brass, it opens plumb and smooth.

A varnished finish, slippery to the touch,

belies the use of these past fifty years.

The patina-ed wood, time can never rush;

’Tis an ancient tool, one that has no peer.

The once-black markings now are faded grey,

yet issue still the measured answers fair.

Twice twelve inches, and all that they survey,

my father’s rule doth call the numbers square.

When e’er I hold the ruler in my hands,

’tis guided by the father of the man.

— — September 2020.

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DStan58 is a teacher, a writer, a dad, a voice-over actor and poet. He's a melanoma survivor and a pulmonary embolism survivor. He's bringing sonnets back,