For my now grown wolf cub

Inspired by Aaska Ejaz’s one liner prompt: Demands

My son. Taken in the mid-90’s. Photo by me from the Jacobs Family collection

I could never demand you be 
Anything other than what you are

I could no more keep you from growing
Than I could stop the pain

All I could hope was that my young wolf
Would remember the lessons of youth

I worked to teach better than I was taught
I know you do the same

All we can do is our best
Hoping we both learned enough