Poem - For My Son

I lived a long time
Thinking only of me
What I wanted to do
Was all I could ever see

It took years to grow
To see life as one should
It's not about the self
It's more of a brotherhood

One day a son came along
And I didn't know what to do
Diapers and crying all the time
I wasn't ready for you

Slowly you became a person
We could talk and relate
I began to know your mind
It was full of love and not of hate

As my feelings blossomed
I could hardly hold back the tears
You became more important
Each day over the years

Your sense of humor
Your empathetic heart
There are so many good things
I don't know where to start

The talent of your family
Runs in your veins
A musician and a thinker
Your mind has removed its chains

It is your kindness
That makes me happiest of all
You understand life's secret
You have heard the spiritual call

It is easy to see
What it is you believe
You have climbed the mount
And heard the carpenter’s pleas

You pray in the closet
As Jesus once said
You live by the word
But you quietly eat your bread

Thinking of others
Is the golden rule
It's something that is in your heart
It’s why you are such a jewel

You are so honest
Your friends can count on you
But you have your standards
To thine own self you remain true

You have the courage
To be your own man
You are not easily swayed
You have your own plan

You are on your way
You stand for what is right
You have what it takes
To hold your beliefs tight

I wish I was like you
With your clear-headed values
I try to teach them to you
Not everything is taught in schools

I am very confident
Of the man you are going to be
I look forward to the coming days
To enjoy your mind's beauty

Remember as you read this
I love you not just because you are my son
But because of what you are about
And for what you will become


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tnderhrt23 6 years ago

Suburban Poet, this is just simply awesome! It moved me deeply! I would have gladly killed for something even remotely related to this from my father! All I can say is "WOW"

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kikkibabe 6 years ago

Aww loved this poem =) x

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Nan Mynatt 6 years ago from Illinois

I am deeply moved by this poem, and it must mean a lot to have a son. I know that you want all of the good things that life has to open up for him. Keep writing and the words will fe fulfilled.

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WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

I have two sons, and I love them dearly.

Well done TSP!

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Scriptore 6 years ago from New York

Don't listen to the free verse or nothing poets! I love rhyming poetry. Robert frost said writing poetry without meter and rhyme was like playing tennis with the net down.

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acaetnna 6 years ago from Guildford

This is amazing - how wonderful to have a son that you love so much.

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De Greek 6 years ago from UK

Well done.

As A father, I can relate :-)

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Genna East 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Wonderful poem, Suburban! Just superb. This brought both tears and smiles; it is tender, honest, and compelling. It is full of the love and wishes we have for our children, as well as the recognition when our hopes for them are fulfilled.

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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Bravo! Voted up and beautful.

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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you everyone... I find myself holding back tears as I read your responses and think about my children. As I drove into my office this morning I listened to Stairway to Heaven and almost started crying because I realized I was 14 when it was released by Led Zeppelin. The same age as my son. I loved that song so much and it is a song of hope as Robert Plant exclaimed in the movie The Song Remains The Same. It is hope that we all live on each day and as a parent it is overwhelming at times to think about your children's lives and what a rough world we live in. But I can only hope they (I also have a seven-year old daughter) have the tools to cope and to survive. I know they will suffer as they do at times because we are apart though I was able to spend eight hours with them yesterday and I will see them again each week as I am able. But I keep thinking so many others do not have the blessings that they enjoy so it helps me to keep my emotions in balance. Thank you again as this particular poem is in my heart and regardless of its merits as a poem it is a statement of love and that is all that matters.

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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Beautiful! Nobody knows a father's love. God bless!

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duffsmom 6 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

A wonderful expression of your love and commitment to your son and family--well done

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mckbirdbks 6 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Our children provide us the greatest joy. Good that you could put it in words.

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chspublish 6 years ago from Ireland

Beautifully and lovingly put. A son is a wonderful person.

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quildon 6 years ago from Florida

Such a beautiful expression of your love. I pray it touches your son's heart as it does ours.

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Dee aka Nonna 6 years ago

I love when you write to your children. So wonderfully special and overwhelmingly awesome.

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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you Micky, duffsmom, mckbirdbks, chspublish, quildon and Dee... I love them all the time you know? I want them to know it and never wonder. I always feel sad when I hear about grownups saying their parents never made them feel loved. They won't happen in my life....

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Sharon Douglas 6 years ago from GA, United States

Beautiful poem

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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Sharon - thank you for saying that and for reading it....

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Lucky88Happy 6 years ago

You've expressed it wholeheartedly of love for a person who you've nurtured through their life. Thanks for your gift which I hold dearly.

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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Lucky - thank you for commenting and I appreciate your very kind remark.

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Marina Lester 5 years ago

So beautiful Poet, and what a boy! He sounds as you say, to be the very best sort. You are both so lucky! Poet it is clear in your work how much you love your family and it is always a great gift to the world that you let us peek in on it here. This is among my favorites now and thank you, I love the picture also. :)

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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Marina - good seeing you here again. Thank you for commenting because it enabled me to reread the poem and brought my mind to him once again. While his mother and I are apart we do share the love of our children. It's tough to be married and a parent and I've missed out on some things because I live alone but I still am a presence and an influence in their lives...

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