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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.


                     March 2016

Copyright © | Year Posted 2016

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Date: 12/18/2016 11:34:00 PM
It's lovely, a great birthday gift for sure! And that said I suddenly wonder (can never stop that questioning mind of mine): did you ever let him read it or did you write it to yourself. But if you did, what did he say? Can a 16yo, unless he writes poetry himself, appreciate it?
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 12/19/2016 6:28:00 AM
I write one for him every birthday. He reads them eventually but I think will appreciate them much more when he is older. Cheers for your interest, Happy Feet. Merry Christmas to ya!
Date: 5/18/2016 12:21:00 PM
I really love this, Keith... especially that final couplet. Very sweet. Hope we'll be seeing more from you ...
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Date: 5/13/2016 11:21:00 AM
keith, how wonderful and discerning is this for your son, keith!..huggs
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Date: 5/1/2016 8:58:00 PM
Lovely sonnet for Oscar. He has a wise father!
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Date: 4/25/2016 8:10:00 AM
A wonderful poetic counsel.... Congrats Keith, for your placement in the contest!!! ;-)
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 4/25/2016 8:30:00 AM
Thanks Teddy. Glad you liked it, mate.
Date: 4/20/2016 1:19:00 PM
A lovely poem my lovely friend. Congrats on your placement my lovely friend. Loved always, bl
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 4/20/2016 6:23:00 PM
Appreciate your comments very much BL. God bless.
Date: 4/18/2016 5:57:00 PM
a lovely dedication to your son Keith:-) Wise words indeed:-) hugs jan xx
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 4/18/2016 6:06:00 PM
Thanks Jan. Sometimes I feel like throttling the little beggar but he's a good kid with a good heart who dearly loves his parents. Can't ask for much more than that!
Date: 4/17/2016 2:53:00 AM
What a lovely gift you have given your son Keith. He will cherish it more as he ages. Sage advice from a loving Dad. #7 ; )
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