Sunday, 19 May 2013

PLEASE,MAKE A MAN OUT OF MY LITTLE BOY;A letter to my son's teacher (In the Style of Abraham Lincoln)

Dear kind Sir/Madam,
He will have to learn, I know,
that all men are not just,
all men are not true.
But teach him also that
for every scoundrel there is a hero;
that for every selfish Politician,
there is a dedicated leader…
Teach him for every enemy,
there is a friend.
It will take time,I know,
but teach him if you can,
That a shilling earned,
is of far more value than five found.
Teach him to learn to lose,
and also to enjoy winning.
Steer him away from envy,if you can,
teach him the secret of quiet laughter.
Let him learn early that the bullies are the easiest to lick.


Teach him, if you can,
the wonder of books.
But also give him quiet time,
to ponder the eternal mystery of birds in the sky,
bees in the sun,and the flowers on a green hillside.

In the school teach him,
it is far honourable to fail,
than to cheat.
Teach him to have faith in his own ideas,
even if everyone tells him they are wrong.
Teach him to be gentle
with gentle people,
and tough with the tough,

Try to give my son,
the strength not to follow the crowd,
when everyone is getting on the band wagon.
Teach him to listen to all men,
but teach him also to filter all he hears,
On a screen of truth,
and to take only the good that comes through.

Teach him if you can,
how to laugh when he is sad.
But teach him there is no shame in tears.
Teach him to scoff at cynics,
and to beware of too much sweetness.
Teach him to sell his brawn and brain to the highest bidders,
but never to put a price-tag on his heart and soul.

Teach him to close his ears to a howling mob,
and to stand and fight,
if he thinks he’s right.
Treat him gently,
but do not cuddle him,
because only the test of fire makes the finest steel.

Let him have the courage to be impatient,
let him have the patience to be brave.

Teach him always,
to have sublime faith in himself,
because then he will have sublime faith in mankind.

This is a big order,
but see what you can do.
For he is such a fine little fellow,my son.

Sincerely,
His mother,
Nyawíra Doreen.

2 comments:

  1. Girl aren't you deep!!! You are as poetic as it can get! :-))

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