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Fathers and Sons

by Zettel 

Posted: 26 October 2004
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Fathers and Sons


It is our destiny to dream
to dig behind the way things seem
discover, not decide, what we can be
guard a mind and soul thatís free
to dream, to struggle and to see

Child into man so suddenly
no border crossed perceptibly
even love does not absolve
blindness to a new resolve
to make the roundabout of dreams revolve

Rebellion is the oysterís grit
wisdomís pearls depend on it
experience must learn along the way
and fathers to their sons must say
your dreams, not mine, Iíll stand away

From fatherís heart to loved sonís ear
must never come bequested fear
my fears your life must not admit
for love's humble ladder, bit by bit
will timeís discarding pain permit

But striving, dreaming, realise
we know ourselves through othersí eyes
truth is our severest friend
on which lifeís meaning must depend
if change is hard, at least amend

Fathers watch their sons exploring space
mirrored self in anotherís face
deathís edge touched on a ball of fire
here is the courage dreams require
not just to dream, but to aspire.

Zettel






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joanie at 06:30 on 27 October 2004  Report this post
Zettel, I particularly like

Rebellion is the oysterís grit
wisdomís pearls depend on it


...and all that stanza.

It is so difficult letting one's own children make the same mistakes and yet wonderful that they have the dreams.

I enjoyed this.

joanie


Fearless at 12:14 on 27 October 2004  Report this post
Zet

This reminded me of how my father raised me, and that could only make me smile and laugh.

Thanks, Fearless

Zettel at 14:42 on 27 October 2004  Report this post
Joanie and Fearless

Thanks - glad it struck a chord. Always a sign that one got something right at least.

regards

Z

poemsgalore at 18:15 on 27 October 2004  Report this post
Joanie pinched the piece I was going to quote, a brilliant couple of lines in a fantastic poem.

The Walrus at 18:32 on 27 October 2004  Report this post
Much wisdom in this piece, beautifully crafted Zettel.

The Walrus



Don Gorgon at 18:33 on 27 October 2004  Report this post
Zettel, (and poemsgalore), joanie nicked my favourite bit to quote too! But then again, looking at what time she posted it at, you have to get up early to beat joanie to the mark! I also thought that, 'truth is our severest friend', is an inspired line and so true (pun not intended!). This was a most enjoyable read, I like the structure of the poem and the rhymes, very nice, and the subject too. I'm so glad me Dad has always let me get on with me own ting and ting, as it has enabled me to become me!

Lovely work Zettel!

Thanks

Don

James Graham at 21:25 on 27 October 2004  Report this post
Have you done rhyming verse before or is this new territory? The rhymes are very well sustained. In the three-line groups, you make the third line the most telling, especially 'your dreams, not mine, I'll stand away' and 'not just to dream, but to aspire'. Couplets are strong too - 'Child into man so suddenly/no border crossed perceptibly'. And there's nothing pompous or high-flown about this - the sentiments are wiser than that. Anyone, while going along with what the poem says generally, could pick out a particular section that especially registers with him/her personally. For me I think it would be 'fathers to their sons must say/your dreams, not mine, I'll stand away'.

James.

Zettel at 11:44 on 29 October 2004  Report this post
Poemsgal and Walrus - thanks.

Don - I like that line too: it should be truth is our implacable friend but then it screws the rhythm. Great to know good dads aren't as rare as the media would make you think.

James

I've been trying to wean myself away from rhyming stuff - it sometimes seems dum ti dum and you get trapped in a grooved rhythmic pattern.

Thanks for the comments:with your experience - praise indeed.

Regards all

Zettel

engldolph at 14:22 on 06 November 2004  Report this post
Hi Z

My father is seventy some ... visited him last week, spent an afternoon helping him get bushels of apples down from, his trees.. so it was nice to come to this piece...

As James says, there are lines that will stand out to different people for different reasons... the ones that I really liked for their freshness and depth:

* to dig behind the way things seem
discover, not decide, what we can be

* Rebellion is the oysterís grit

* Fathers watch their sons exploring space
mirrored self in anotherís face


on the last line the word "aspire" didn't quite have the bang I was looking for ... end it with something and "FIRE" ? :-)


enjoyed
Mike

lieslj at 05:48 on 20 November 2004  Report this post
There is a gentle urge contained in this poem for fathers to contemplate their son's individuality and to view them not as extensions of themselves. How much sanity this represents!

You sustain the structure effectively throughout, but once again, I find myself wondering if the rhyme doesn't actually constrict the sentiment. In this segment I felt that concern in particular:

even love does not absolve
blindness to a new resolve
to make the roundabout of dreams revolve

Not sure if that helps, but it is meant well, anyway!

L



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