My Wesley
for Wes's birthday July 9, 2000

The movie Princess Bride
Coming back from the dead after four months in a coma, at one year old:: Red Bird Overcomes
Outwitting an army and conquering tyrants, at seven: Survival Requires Peace
Befriending heroes: She Overcomes and Zino

I have never heard My Wesley tell anyone "as you wish",
and it is certainly not his sole response to me.

He never took up piracy, and I do not believe
that he even knows how to swash a buckle.

I am quite confident that,
if faced by the army of the Six-Fingered Man,
My Wesley
would run like a genius;
that if I were captured by a Sicilian,
My Wesley would say prayers for the man's soul
and wait for me.

My Wesley has never had an English accent.

But My Wesley has come back from the dead,
outwitted an army,
befriended heroes
and conquered tyrants.
He's exactly the romantic lead
that I want.

he writes his own script.

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