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Everything is always for the best

Why the long face, son? Did someone die?
   Aw, Dad.  I flunked my math exam
Did you do your level best, son?
   I did, Dad.  I studied so hard for the test
You know that's all I ask of you, son 
   And everything is always for the best. Right, Dad?...

What's up, son?  Are those tears streaming down your cheeks? 
   Aw, Dad.  I didn't make the varsity basketball team
Did you try your level best, son?
You know I did, Dad.  I trained so hard last summer   
   That's all I can ask of you, my son 
And everything is always for the best, Dad...

Is everything ok, son?  You look like you saw a ghost  
   I did lousy on the law boards, Dad
Did you do your level best, son?
   I don't know, Dad.  I thought I did.  But--
--But everything is always for the best, son. You know that by now.
   You're right, Dad. Everything is always for the best...

Dad, you're not here with me on this Earth anymore
   But your words live on inside me, and
They are of great comfort to me now, Dad
   And you were right. Everything is always for the best--

I flunked the math exam because I was not meant
   to be a statistician or a computer programmer  
I didn't make the varsity team because I was not 
   cut out to be a great basketball player 
I did lousy on the law boards because I never
   really wanted to be a lawyer, not in my heart...
 
I'm a part-time poet now, Dad.  That's right    
   My wonderful poetic friends and I are busy, busy
We create tempting, tasty dishes of Poetry Soup
   ~ And hereby serve up today's soup de jour, Dad  
      Everything really and truly is always for the best  


                February 11, 2019
      Entry in "Repetition" Poetry Contest
        Sponsor: Cecelia Hopkins-Drewer




   
  

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Date: 2/13/2019 7:42:00 AM
A wonderful message indeed...
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Gershon Wolf
Date: 2/13/2019 1:07:00 PM
Why, thank you so much, Arturo! ~ gw
Date: 2/11/2019 11:50:00 PM
Gershon, I needed to read this poem tonight at this moment. You have blessed me. FAV.
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Gershon Wolf
Date: 2/12/2019 8:58:00 AM
P.S., I am truly humbled by your FAV...I don't how the timing was so right for you, but I am very glad it was! Best wishes, Gershon
Date: 2/11/2019 11:45:00 PM
A gorgeous write; the whole time until I got to the final bits, I thought you were the father, and was not surprised at all to see you were the son. God puts us where we need to be, so you stay right here on Soup with us!
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Gershon Wolf
Date: 2/12/2019 8:57:00 AM
Oh, Caren! Yours is such a wonderful wish (that I stay right here on Soup with you and all our other wonderful friends). And please allow me to wish you exactly the same: Please stay here with us, right here on the Soup... Thank you, thank you. ~ Gershon
Date: 2/11/2019 10:57:00 PM
A heartwarming write that I think will do well in the contest. Nice job, Gershon!
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Gershon Wolf
Date: 2/12/2019 8:56:00 AM
Thank you so much, Carol! Your encouragement is greatly appreciated. Best wishes, Gershon
Date: 2/11/2019 10:41:00 PM
I hope, with all my heart, that you are right-
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Gershon Wolf
Date: 2/12/2019 8:55:00 AM
Yes, yes, yes...AND, by the way, no less than an authority than the great Sage Akiva, who lived about 1,300 years after Moses, and was second only to Moses in knowledge (in the Jewish tradition), stated: Everything that happens/that God does is for the Best! (Kol mahn d'rachmana avid, l'tav avid -- in the original Aramaic). Prayers, Faith, and Blessings, my friend. ~ Gershon