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...And Carry A Big Stick

Rating: 3.8
Walk softly, boy and always carry
a stick to chase your foes away
go get the girl you want to marry
and build that house on Horseshoe Bay.

It is not money or connections
that would secure a place for all
what matters is in which direction
you kick and follow your own ball.
Stand firm and be prepared to fight
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Bob Gibson 10 January 2009
If only my Father had given me this advise!
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John Nightingale 11 January 2008
Really enjoyed this one. I have a similar philosophy for bringing up my daughter.
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Tom J. Mariani 10 December 2007
Oh what a tangled web you weave. Your allusion to Teddy Roosevelt is not a 'modest proposal.' Given the choice of despair or thrusting out your chest and having a go at it, your advice in this poem is sound. Tom
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Michael Fischer 07 April 2007
Good poem w/ a good theme. Standing up for what you believe is the difference btwn. being controlled and having control. Well penned and well structured! -Michael
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K K 06 March 2007
Stand up always for what you believe....nicely written :) KK
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Mahnaz Zardoust-Ahari 13 November 2005
Very nicely written...I like these two lines Stand firm and be prepared to fight don't compromise and don't deceive So true! ! !
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Cj Heck 09 November 2005
Morning, Herbert, Nice thoughts here. I especially like: 'what matters is in which direction you kick and follow your own ball.' Excellent. Hugs, CJ
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Ernestine Northover 06 November 2005
Hi Herbert, Actually I like the last line of this poem, and it makes great sense to me, an enjoyable poem. Sincerely Ernestine.
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***** ********* 06 November 2005
Hi Herbert, I agree most wholeheartedly with the sentiments expressed in your poem. 10 from me. Smiling Tai
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Lawrence S. Pertillar 05 November 2005
Hi Sir Herbert. I like your 'Stick'. I do offer a suggestion for the closing line. If it read as such: 'While others may web for the devils to weave.' Or, 'While the others web as devils weave.' OR 'While others feed the devils' weave.' Regardless, it's still very thought provoking. L
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