“Advice to My Son” by J. Peter Meinke

The trick is, to live your days
as if each one may be your last
(for they go fast, and young men lose their lives
in strange and unimaginable ways)
but at the same time, plan long range
(for they go slow; if you survive
the shattered windshield and the bursting shell
you will arrive
at our approximation here below
of heaven or hell).

To be specific, between the peony and the rose
plant squash and spinach, turnips and tomatoes;
beauty is nectar
and nectar, in the desert, saves –
but the stomach craves stronger sustenance
than the honeyed vine.
Therefore, marry a pretty girl
after seeing her mother;
show your soul to one man,
work with another;
and always serve bread with your wine.
But, son,
Always serve wine.

**I’m not sure why, lately, I’ve been so inspired by the advice that fathers give their sons.  Perhaps it is the age-old ritual of passing down hard-won wisdom or maybe it is the love you can see in each word.  I wonder what wisdom I will pass to my children.

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~ by cjt on October 28, 2009.

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