Which is worse?
a hole, a void, a lack, an absence?
Or a step-father:
angry, demeaning, cruel, abusive?
Even a real father:
cold, perfectionistic, rejecting, unloving?
And how could you compare?
I know the first and second – but not the third.
My half-brother knows only the third – not the others.
We cannot measure and compare all three.
Even though two out of three
are one and the same.
"That you are here - that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. . . What will your verse be?" Robin Williams as John Keating in "Dead Poets Society"