John A'Hern


Fathers Advice - Poem by John A'Hern

I hear my Father's voice
Shouting through the usual noise
"Use your common sense" said daily
He was trying to keep me steady

There is no doubt we hear our Parents words
Later in life, some are no longer absurd
"Thick as two short planks" a favourite
Its meaning lost in the World of translations

Gatherings of late set me thinking
Common sense causing sinking
Brain in gear before you speak
Or you may not communicate

A babble of voices, who is listening?
Like a roundabout causing spinning.
Conversation can be fun
If seen as a fool, others may run

Hear the echoes of voices in times gone by
Smile to yourself as you work advice out
Nod your head in agreement
Shake your head when negative needed

My thoughts on common sense now ends
Hopefully yours when needed will commence
Education is a necessity
Common sense comes naturally.

Topic(s) of this poem: advice, fathers, words

Form: Prose Poem


Poet's Notes about The Poem

Meeting with groups of people lately, my inner voice spoke to me in whispers about the need for common sense when dealing with day to day issues. There it was a memory of my Fathers words.

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    Poem Submitted: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

    Poem Edited: Sunday, August 18, 2019


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