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The mother sat pale with an exhausted look
The policeman sat writing notes in his book
The fire, he said caused damage so bad
But we think it was arson, a crime that is bad.

The child looked up at his father and said
‘Daddy I’m tired can I now please go to bed?’
The mother patted his hand but he pulled it away
It’s strange I thought as I watched the child play.

Lining up the matches all side by side
The man with a smirk at his wife to the side
Her eyes they did plead to the husband sat there 
He gave her a frown and pushed back his chair.

She sat there unloved by both of her men
It was then I knew who started the fire back then
She mumbled and blinked her leg swinging to and fro
Ignored by them both her eyes glued to her toe.

The father removed the matches from the boy
‘I’ve told you before son they are not a toy’
She jumped in her seat as he said these words
The child grabbed them back as thought he’d not heard

To the conclusion I came that the father set the fire
As I watched the boy stack them, like a funeral pyre
The woman sat afraid, the boy carried on 
The father though sat back, not a care, no not one.

He had been in the army for most f his life
He liked regimental including child and wife
The boy though his father, he did now copy
When he saw him light a fire, with not one match but three.

The father although setting the fire knew his son
Now wanted him to light fires just like he had done
He took away the matches and said now my boy
‘I have told you before these are only daddy’s toy.’

© 30 09 2013 GG
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  1. Date: 11/14/2013 3:05:00 PM
    Brilliant write, absolutely wonderful, you really deserved to win with this poem, congrats...peter

  1. Date: 11/9/2013 10:56:00 AM
    nice win, xox~ LINDA

  1. Date: 11/8/2013 9:23:00 PM
    Mandy,, CONGRATS ;) on your win... love ~SKAT~

  1. Date: 11/8/2013 7:12:00 PM
    Congrats on your win :)

  1. Date: 11/8/2013 5:50:00 PM
    congrats on a fine win Mandy

  1. Date: 11/8/2013 9:58:00 AM
    Cleverly written, I really enjoyed your winning poem.

  1. Date: 11/8/2013 4:06:00 AM
    Congrats on the win, Mandy

  1. Date: 10/28/2013 10:04:00 AM
    Mandy; this is really good. It's amazing how how boys take after their fathers. did you ever hear or read ( The Grandfather's Table. That one is very sad. Thanks for reading my poems Thoughts and for sharing this one..... Lucilla

  1. Date: 10/16/2013 8:32:00 AM
    Dear Mandy - What a horrid story. I just wanted to jump onto your page and pummel dear old dad. You tell such a sad tale with a fine pen. love, Kathy

  1. Date: 10/15/2013 5:11:00 AM
    This just reminds me that we are watched and children, and some adults, take our actions as instructions.... Well said, sweetheart.... Should place well in the contest.....Jake

  1. Date: 10/12/2013 1:56:00 AM
    Mandy this is a very engaging tale, it holds the reader with each line as it climbs to a chilling climax, very well written my friend....David

  1. Date: 10/11/2013 3:42:00 PM
    wow, quite a story here, my friend. Hope you're doing well xx

  1. Date: 10/11/2013 12:50:00 AM
    WOW - and another WOW!!! This story had me rapt right up to the end. I'm gaga over your rhyming skills. Clap-clap, Mandy. They might as well close the contest and pronounce you the winner. By the by, I hope your birthday was a good one, my friend. Licia :-)

  1. Date: 10/7/2013 6:07:00 PM
    First of all...........Big big hugs and happy birthday wishes to you Mandy!! You are always a joy to the rest of us throughout the year.....I hope your birthday is as joyful to you !! Happy Birthday! And wow.....you did an outstanding job profiling !! A great story teller!! Well done, and good luck in the contest!

  1. Date: 10/7/2013 11:50:00 AM
    i've read this now many times, Mandy,, and you tell it just so,, just as it is, poetry has a part to play in life,, and the message here,is a prime example.. wonderful stuff girl,,, no one does it better...

  1. Date: 10/4/2013 2:25:00 PM
    The poem fits the title. Kids do what they see. Great poem for the contest. Thanks for sharing..... Lucilla

  1. Date: 10/3/2013 9:13:00 PM
    wow wow! i was grip from start to end... LINDA

  1. Date: 10/3/2013 1:59:00 PM
    This is a great example at what we do, can be mirrored by a child. We must always be aware of the example we set.....A great entry for Profiling Contest!!