Pride and Possibility

He was always proud of you –

            ask him

Your father’s pride in you was never dependent on your today,
it came from all of your yesterdays

And in truth, if the yesterdays were not,

it would be based on the sparkle of your spirit and the luster of your dreams

And if your spirit was yet to shine and your dreams were too young to glow,
it would be based on the tenderness of your smile and the sweetness of your voice

And if your smile was too silly to enjoy, or your voice was still course,
it would be based on the softness of your hands and the wonderful scent of your hair

And if your hands were too small to hold or your hair was yet to grow,
it would be based on the simple childishness of you,
a childishness that for him will always be you

And today,
If your childishness is somewhat hidden,
If your hands are large and your hair has somewhat changed,
If your smile has its sorrow and your voice its concern,If your spirit shines only as you do,
And your dreams have yet to glow,
Know that the yesterdays have filled his heart with all of you,
In a way that can only be filled by you.

And in truth even if the yesterdays were to somehow become lost to memory,
His pride for you would be unshaken,In that your fathers pride is based on the truest of things,

Absolutely nothing

He was always proud of you
Just ask him.

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