Father and Son

Edgar A. Guest

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Be more than his dad,
Be a chum to the lad;
Be a part of his life
Every hour of the day;
Find time to talk with him,
Take time to walk with him,
Share in his studies
And share in his play;
Take him to places,
To ball games and races,
Teach him the things
That you want him to know;
Donít live apart from him,
Donít keep your heart from him,
Be his best comrade,
Heís needing you so!

Never neglect him,
Though young, still respect him,
Hear his opinions
With patience and pride;
Show him his error,
But be not a terror,
Grim-visaged and fearful,
When heís at your side.
Know what his thoughts are,
Know what his sports are,
Know all his playmates,
Itís easy to learn to;
Be such a father
That when troubles gather
Youíll be the first one
For counsel, heíll turn to.

You can inspire him
With courage, and fire him
Hot with ambition
For deeds that are good;
Heíll not betray you
Nor illy repay you,
If you have taught him
The things that you should.
Father and son
Must in all things be one Ė
Partners in trouble
And comrades in joy.
More than a dad
Was the best pal you had;
Be such a chum
As you knew, to your boy.


Collected Verse of Edgar A. Guest
(Cutchogue, NY: Buccaneer Books, 1976), 76

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