What is a Father?
Webster says: “ a male parent …”, how dry!
What a barren prosaic definition!
How can we frame it better?
Is it an assignment? Or something some men try?
Perhaps a chosen task or mission?
Or is Fatherhood one’s fetter?
“The man who supplements,” one could say,
“To balance the parental role of mother”
Also this attempt is lacking.
“One who instructs in the masculine way”,
Is the response of yet another
Whose pillars have suffered cracking.
I know that care was used and haste eschewed
Constructing this building from the very start.
In witness it stands on, weathering strife.
The corners were squared with love and trued
With the tools of a brave and loyal heart.
Dad, you laid the cornerstone of my life.