Let me say first about my daughter
That she is beautiful and smart
That she is compassionate and fair-minded
Creative and forgiving
Funny and loving.
Let me say second
That my judgment in this matter is not
Influenced by our consanguinity
But is a product of cold scrutiny
Over a period of many years.
You can take my word for it.
The third thing I want to say
Is more difficult
It’s that when I am gone
And there is a whole world in which I do not exist
Indeed this very world
I hope she remembers that I loved her
And that my love survives