Man that I am is but your shadow

your shadow now in me

the light in me filled and filling

the shape and expanding as you had

wanted me

I miss you dad.

Am I as strong as you?

Am I as brave Am I as good

as pure of heart and purpose

as devoted a father, friend, husband, healer

I thought I had stripped the myth off of you

yet I only found a grand ship of the line in the currents

of life

The sapling I was, the tree I am, will transmogrify to such a ship

you became at 22? Or even a boat?

Your shadow, your myth, your grand presence lives in me.