Birthday Wish

“Make do” his mantra

Soundtrack to her childhood

Background sung off-key with

Corny country classics

Reticent yet impassioned

On topics of import

Model of dedicated

Stalwart determination

Champion of thought

Perpetual teacher

Steward of avid observation

Life-long learner

The father of a rebellious

1980’s teen, she dubbed

“Pa” in Laura Ingalls

Echo from century before

Three quarter century journey

Half century as Pa

Of their little house in the ‘hood

Quarter century as Papa

Promoted to assistant

Shepherd of her babies

She hopes her future need

To “make do” absent

His enduring presence

Lies many years ahead

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