What is a man?

Fellow fathers - 
the following poem is a penetrating reminder of the questions our sons are asking us to answer for them. They want to know, and we need to show, the answer to the question "What is a man?'

What is a man?
Is he someone who is strong and tall,
Or is taut and talented as he plays ball?
Is he someone who is hardened and rough,
Who smokes and drinks and swears enough?
Is he someone who chases women hard,
With a quest to conquer, but never dropping his guard?
Is he someone with a good business mind,
Who gets ahead of the others with his nose to the grind?
Or is he someone who tries his best,
Not really caring about any of the rest?
What is a man? Does anyone really know?
Who is the prototype? To whom shall I go?

- shared in Robert Lewis' book "Raising a Modern Day Knight"