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A Father's Advice to his Sons

Updated on February 1, 2013
Check life's menu board to know who's special.
Check life's menu board to know who's special.
Leash your "dogs" (your impulses).
Leash your "dogs" (your impulses).
Wake up to your mother's smile.
Wake up to your mother's smile.
Take a stand wherever you sit.
Take a stand wherever you sit.
God is the color of water.
God is the color of water.
The sun loves you brown ...
The sun loves you brown ...

It’s all about love:

checking life’s menu board

and knowing who’s special,

leashing your dogs

and loving by doing,

serving honest sentences

to the ones we say we love--

and the sun loving you brown

when your love comes down.


It’s all about family:

sleeping head up, toes down,

waking to your mama’s smile,

getting hope not a whipping,

giving time instead of dimes,

naming what breaks us up,

finding cures that

glue us back together--

and the sun loving you brown

while your family

loves you down.


It’s all about life:

knowing money is nothing

if your mind is empty,

keeping things simple,

taking a stand wherever you sit,

making friends with the present,

dimming lights on the past--

and the sun loving you brown

when life gets you down.


It’s all about heaven:

dreaming of God

while He dreams of us,

knowing that even Jesus wept,

knowing that God

is the color of water--

and the sun loving you brown

while all of heaven shines down.


It’s all about it all, it all, it all--

and the sun loving you brown

while I love you down.


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    • aykianink profile image

      aykianink 4 years ago

      Cool poem. My favorite lines: "knowing money is nothing // if your mind is empty"

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      JJ Murray 4 years ago from Roanoke, Virginia

      I heard that line from my grandmother. She was an English teacher for 40 years and survived the Great Depression. Unfortunately, a lot of empty-minded people have money these days, huh? So many celebrities and athletes, so little thought.

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