Verse of the Day for 09-14-22

To Rob

Dear Sir, it seems you’ve taken what is mine
And done exactly what I’d hope to do:
You’ve trimmed the fat, added a stiffer spine,
And made of him a better person who,
Despite his countless shortcomings, reflects
His Master’s good intentions and who can
Both be and act himself. I pay respects
To you who took a boy and made a man.