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I want to mold no one, for what I believe   is suitable for me alone; 
Each must find a belief-path which suits perfectly, but suits no one apart.
Let me offer my beliefs only to show how a  path may be found  -
And advise you to believe nothing unless it is deep in your heart.

If my job as father  was correctly done, on their path  through life
My children will treat others as they themselves wish to be,
And will  look upon each person as a potential brother in need of help,
And seeing another’s misfortune, they will say -  it could easily be me.

They will look after each other and others who may be in need,
And seek no thanks or praise, but do the job secretly with no bother.
Love is shown only by actions, and in the  doing is the praying.
Their actions will be motivated by what is necessary for these others.

This is a difficult path to take and it is the right path:
But path or no path, I love my children - they are mine. And I believe this:
If I love my children as dearly as a father  can, then
How much more does God our father  love us.  We are his. 

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  1. Date: 4/16/2011 10:04:00 AM
    Exactly!!!!!! Many congrats on your win in John's contest, Sydney.

  1. Date: 4/11/2011 6:01:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win Sydney in John Moses Freeman's contest "Praises of Life Precept". Love, Carol

  1. Date: 4/9/2011 11:06:00 PM
    relished the way this was polished to shine , shine, syd!! a TROPHY for you for this exceptional win!! :) hugggs

  1. Date: 4/9/2011 4:00:00 PM
    Congrats Syd on your awesome win in John's contest with this lovely creation .. enjoy your top spot with luv..

  1. Date: 4/9/2011 11:39:00 AM
    Nobility of a Father's love, recognizes the uniqueness of each persona of love he has created. Wise of you Sydney to take this approach to rearing your own children. Congratulations on your great rendition of my contest theme and your 4th place. Agape, Moses

  1. Date: 4/9/2011 10:57:00 AM
    A well thought out poem Sydney. We must each find his way. Lcongratulaitons. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 4/9/2011 10:56:00 AM
    This is so beautifully written, Syd. Congratulations on your win in John Freemans's contest! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 4/9/2011 10:35:00 AM
    Yes so true all of us came from God and will return to God. Congrad's on this fine verse winning! Light & Love

  1. Date: 4/9/2011 10:17:00 AM
    Congratulations on the fourth place win in the contest, Sydney

  1. Date: 3/21/2011 9:21:00 AM
    Nice turn around Sydney. Better finish. Good job. Stay focused.

  1. Date: 3/21/2011 8:53:00 AM
    Syd, it's great to offer children guidance, but no one can truly mold them. My parents provided me was a set of beliefs and principles. Some I grasped and these became my own. Others were not to my liking. God our Father offers us free will as well. As long as we treat each other kindly, I don't think we will be judged harshly. A very inspiring write for John's contest. I think he will appreciate the depth in this poem. Wishing you success! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 3/21/2011 2:59:00 AM
    getting there, syd!! amazing devotional using the comparison approach between two fathers... okay, this was my first draft; you can have it, lol!! j/ kidding.. winning wishes to you! :) huggs, nette

  1. Date: 3/20/2011 7:42:00 PM
    Strong start, good continuation, but I feel you rushed the end. Yet I truly enjoyed reading your writing.

  1. Date: 3/20/2011 2:04:00 PM
    Okies ALL on one page please review, I think it's much clearer, perhaps less insane but, there's only so much room for insanity!!!

  1. Date: 3/20/2011 1:02:00 PM
    Didactic WOW, don't think I've done one GOOD job [Last 3 lines won't fit yet RE:Madness/ still "pruning" I think the reduction is suceeding and not damaging it? Thanks for helping I'll let you know when I can get the last 3 lines to fit!