To Oscar on His 16th Birthday
Take not for granted mercies near and dear
nor cede to a possessive pride - rather
incline yourself to elemental care
and honour true your mother and father.
Seek for a saving grace a divine plea
and His works in awe learn to recognise;
heed it in plenitude and paucity
lest you live a fool and think yourself wise!
Fear not this life, this world, this mortal end,
for both its burdens and rewards are great;
follow its road wherever it may wend
and I hence from shall on your return wait.
With all I am I'll love the son you are
no matter how old, how close, or how far.
Copyright © Keith Trestrail | Year Posted 2016