I want to be John Jarndyce 
Generous, kind, and fair
To three innocents (Richard, Ada, Esther) entrusted to his care
Stable, strong, fatherly
Calm, soothing, always reassuring
For years
Never folding publicly
To any troublesome eastern wind
Only always privately
Locked inside the Growlery
Quick to listen
Slow to speak
Making his house (and theirs) less bleak
Until one day the Court of Chancery
Settled his estate in poverty
Last will and testament revealing
Certain facts of the matter no longer concealing
A man of men
Provider
Protector
Let the record show
John Jarndyce loved his Esther
Loved enough to let her go
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Andrew Dabar