"Youth has its benefits
And age its history
We can be capable and inexperienced
Or have libraries of knowledge
For viewing purposes only.
Who are you to choose both?"
Father was cruel and strict but how could know
that his son would one day lasso up criminals
without so much as batting an eye?
How could he know that he'd live to be a ripe old age
and still show those whippersnappers a thing or two about life...
... by the tight squeeze of yellowing fingernails
digging into a bony shoulder.
How could he know that he'd say stuff like
"Get the hell off my lawn!", when he became much older?
(... youth has its benefits)
Which he would surely take full advantage of
(... age it's history)
And with his it will be nothing short of amazing
A smile that will appear kindly, at first,
though in reality he's sizing you up, wondering
how fish-like your handshake might be.
Libraries of knowledge?
Where do I begin!
- starting at the beginning would simply take too long.
That's not within his vocabulary.
Little did anyone know that his life
would indeed have many "viewing purposes".
But at the moment he's just a little boy
bowing his head to fathers advice.
"You're a good kid, m'boy, don't let anyone tell you different.
Remember what we talked about, what you say
when someone brings you down?"
"You don't mess with Clint Eastwood!"
For the Word Portrait Contest