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A Father To His Son

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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
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Susan Williams 19 June 2016

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

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this is a great poem :)

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Wes Vogler 18 May 2016

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

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Stephanie Hazle 21 February 2016

It reminds me of the complexities of parenthood and yet how perfectly imperfect all parents are.

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Thomas Case 28 November 2015

great poem about family

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A best poem on family and positive energy that inspires the good sons.

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Great imaginations and likes the poem.

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