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A Father To His Son - Poem by Carl Sandburg

A father sees his son nearing manhood.
What shall he tell that son?
'Life is hard; be steel; be a rock.'
And this might stand him for the storms
and serve him for humdrum monotony
and guide him among sudden betrayals
and tighten him for slack moments.
'Life is a soft loam; be gentle; go easy.'
And this too might serve him.
Brutes have been gentled where lashes failed.
The growth of a frail flower in a path up
has sometimes shattered and split a rock.
A tough will counts. So does desire.
So does a rich soft wanting.
Without rich wanting nothing arrives.
Tell him too much money has killed men
and left them dead years before burial:
the quest of lucre beyond a few easy needs
has twisted good enough men
sometimes into dry thwarted worms.
Tell him time as a stuff can be wasted.
Tell him to be a fool every so often
and to have no shame over having been a fool
yet learning something out of every folly
hoping to repeat none of the cheap follies
thus arriving at intimate understanding
of a world numbering many fools.
Tell him to be alone often and get at himself
and above all tell himself no lies about himself
whatever the white lies and protective fronts
he may use against other people.
Tell him solitude is creative if he is strong
and the final decisions are made in silent rooms.
Tell him to be different from other people
if it comes natural and easy being different.
Let him have lazy days seeking his deeper motives.
Let him seek deep for where he is born natural.
Then he may understand Shakespeare
and the Wright brothers, Pasteur, Pavlov,
Michael Faraday and free imaginations
Bringing changes into a world resenting change.
He will be lonely enough
to have time for the work
he knows as his own.

Comments about A Father To His Son by Carl Sandburg

  • Gold Star - 19,762 Points Gary Liles (7/16/2016 4:12:00 AM)

    Beautifully written tribute Carl. ☺😊😀 (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 61,686 Points Susan Williams (6/19/2016 2:06:00 PM)

    a very revealing poem about the struggle for a man to be the best father to his son since he does not know how- -fatherhood did not come with an instruction manual (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 510 Points Novoti Gcisakazi Calpurnia Jiya (4/22/2016 2:14:00 AM)

    this is a great poem :) (Report) Reply

    Gold Star - 53,630 Points Wes Vogler (5/18/2016 5:43:00 PM)

    My response would be even greater I have been deceased for lo these many years

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Poems About Fathers

  1. 1. A Father To His Son , Carl Sandburg
  2. 2. Our Fathers Of Old , Rudyard Kipling
  3. 3. The Fathers , Edwin Muir
  4. 4. The Father , Katharine Tynan
  5. 5. Memory Of My Father , Patrick Kavanagh
  6. 6. Father , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  7. 7. The Fathers , Siegfried Sassoon
  8. 8. The Little Boy Lost , William Blake
  9. 9. Our Fathers Also , Rudyard Kipling
  10. 10. Father And Child , William Butler Yeats
  11. 11. Come Up From The Fields, Father , Walt Whitman
  12. 12. Who Were 'The Father And The Son' , Emily Dickinson
  13. 13. Heavenly Father , Emily Dickinson
  14. 14. My Papa's Waltz , Theodore Roethke
  15. 15. Anecdote For Fathers , William Wordsworth
  16. 16. Father's Chore , Edgar Albert Guest
  17. 17. Fatherhood , Edgar Albert Guest
  18. 18. My Father Was A Farmer: A Ballad , Robert Burns
  19. 19. Epitaph On My Ever Honoured Father , Robert Burns
  20. 20. Father And Son , Edgar Albert Guest
  21. 21. To Her Father With Some Verses , Anne Bradstreet
  22. 22. Father Riley's Horse , Banjo Paterson
  23. 23. You Are Old Father William , Lewis Carroll
  24. 24. Father , Edgar Albert Guest
  25. 25. Father , Edgar Albert Guest
  26. 26. Father , Philip Levine
  27. 27. Father, Farewell! Be Not Distressed , Alfred Austin
  28. 28. The Childless Father , William Wordsworth
  29. 29. My Father's Chair , Rudyard Kipling
  30. 30. On The Beach At Night , Walt Whitman
  31. 31. My Fathers, The Baltic , Philip Levine
  32. 32. Father Abe , Francis William Lauderdale A ..
  33. 33. The Father’s Curse , Victor Marie Hugo
  34. 34. Only A Dad , Edgar Albert Guest
  35. 35. If , Rudyard Kipling
  36. 36. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night , Dylan Thomas
  37. 37. Menaphon: Sephesta's Song To Her Child , Robert Greene
  38. 38. Working Late , Louis Simpson
  39. 39. Yesterday , William Stanley Merwin
  40. 40. My Father On His Shield , Walt McDonald
  41. 41. Follower , Seamus Heaney
  42. 42. Father Explains , Czeslaw Milosz
  43. 43. My Father's Love Letters , Yusef Komunyakaa
  44. 44. The Landing Of The Pilgrim Fathers , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  45. 45. Song To Be Sung By The Father Of Infant .. , Ogden Nash
  46. 46. Father William , Lewis Carroll
  47. 47. With My Father , Kobayashi Issa
  48. 48. The Father Of Toads , Russell Edson
  49. 49. The Father , Joshua Sylvester
  50. 50. Sonnet 37: As A Decrepit Father Takes De.. , William Shakespeare
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