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Letter to Poor Dad

Hallo my friend
Pardon my intrusion into your domain
But you see, I am a student in the University of Life
Whereby I am pursuing a Doctorate Degree in the Science of Successful Living
As I was submitting my thesis of research into your life
It occurred to me that I might as well write to you directly
To save my notes from gathering dust on a professor’s shelf

Poor Dad
The notion that you are poor is a fact I cannot deny
So I will not try to convince you otherwise
This is actually in concern of your son
You and I know that he is a good innocent child
And I know better than you that he is at a pivotal stage in life
As of now you possess so much influence over the direction his life will take
For in as much as you may not be proud of yourself in front of your peers
...who overcame similar past to make something better of their lives
	...your son is very proud of you
He looks up to you with wondrous trust
And it only befits that you should be his hero
But being a hero comes with something which you are known to fear – 
RESPONSIBILITY

Well, I am not going to advise you to be responsible
For I know you live in denial mode, so you’ll look for the easiest way out
I will instead ask you to be a truthful teacher
Be brave and accept your mistakes
Then teach your son of the painful lessons you have learnt from your failures
Teach him not to limit his thinking to the unfortunate reality you have cast him into
But to dare to believe in himself
...and to listen to his heartbeat and follow its guide
Tell him that poverty is in fact a blessing 
That from it he can create vivid reference of what life will be 
...if he doesn’t diligently work in pursuit of his greatest dreams
Teach him to use his limitations as the source of motivation
And then tell him you believe in him 
...and that he can be whatever he chooses to be
As long as he tries his honest best to be it
Tell him you support him fully, especially emotionally

The reason I am asking you to teach him
Is because the secret is that of what one is keen to teach
...he is guaranteed to learn even more than he knew before
In you teaching your son honest lessons from your heart and past
You will retrace your steps to where you got lost yourself
You will be possessed by renewed desire for success
Of your selfless and candid teachings to your son
...will emanate insurmountable delights
Dear poor dad, 
It’s time to be a real dad
And you son holds that key... earn it and use it

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  1. Date: 3/26/2011 8:01:00 PM
    hmmm, are you a motivational speaker or something? You have a very positive narration here. My Greek god was one day with me and then gone back to Quebec. Most memorable night of my life when I was only 16! The stuff happening to me now, I cannot control and involves family. Nothing going right in this new year. trying to be positive, but some are making that difficult! It's nice to meet a new friend here at Soup. Luv, Andrea

  1. Date: 3/26/2011 6:49:00 AM
    Stunning tribute to Dad Wiseton.. a shining example to evoke the man u have become too.. supporting each other in life is a difficult thing but so worth it luv... enchanting words to thrill the soul my friend... good advice to pass onto others luv.. happy weekend ...

  1. Date: 3/25/2011 12:39:00 PM
    I enjoyed reading your excellent poetry today Wiseton. I hope you have a wonderful weekend filled with new found inspiration. Love, Carol