As my Father Taught, so do I

Hard work is important, as many a father might say

But just as important is the way he acts

The things he shares to large and accepting eyes

The things that make a man who he is

Not power or might, but humbleness, kindness, understating of another’s plight

A man is sometimes taught to be strong and never back out of a fight

I say to my children, what makes a man is how he doesn’t fight

Even when he can, he shouldn’t, with great power comes great responsibility

The power of a father holds all these things and more

To lose control in anger takes a piece of your soul you can never get back

To solve a problem when the other party is unwilling to talk

Is a talent, taking years to hone

There is always common ground if you are willing to see

Before fist fly always offer to talk it out

It doesn’t make you weak but stronger than the biggest bully around

Never lose sight of your dreams but know family comes first

You’ll find they will always support you if you love them in kind

Do not try to keep up with others fortunes, it will always let you down

Learn from their successes and make your own

Above all, remember your family and be kind

Cultivate and support them and watch them grow

These are a few things my father taught whether or not he was always aware

Large accepting eyes always looked up to him

And made him the man he is.


Thanks, Dad.

Published by edmundstone69

My name is Edmund Stone and I am a horror/fiction writer. I write in a small rural community on the banks of the Ohio River. I take inspiration from this place full of macabre characters and strange landscapes that most people would only dream of. I'm married to a wife that supports my crazy whims, along with three dogs, a slew of cats and a son who appears periodically from his bedroom to say, "Hi".

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