Thursday, March 26, 2020

BOY

Favorite Young Man has a birthday this month: his 40th. I wrote this poem for him when he was in high school



Boy

Boy, don't you fly so high.
Your daddy done warned you.
It ain't safe up close to the sun.

You gotta learn to listen.
You don't clean up the left-over wax and feathers like you told to.
You get too close to that ugly ole Minotaur.

Minotaur, he eat you up, boy.
And it because you don't listen.
Don't do like you told.

You a good boy though.
Don't complain livin' in the Labyrinth.
You good to Theseus.

You just gotta remember to listen to your daddy.
He smart -- he the one called Artificer.
He say keep low, keep low and close to the water.

Yeah, but I know.
I know you.
You do what you want.

Don't listen.
Get ready to swim because you goin' down.
Gonna fall.

It's o.k.
I see you -- I find you again some good day.
You gotta fly your way.

Sky's yours.


35 comments:

  1. Forty years young! Felicitations to you both <3

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  2. Happy Birthday to Favorite Young Man! :)

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    1. I think our biggest mistake was allowing him to learn how to speak. He's been arguing with me for 39 years.

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  3. A very happy Birthday to him, and Birthing Day to you.

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    1. Birthing Day was a momentous occasion. I wanted that baby out of my body.

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  4. That's a great poem! Almost 40 years later and I bet it still applies. Happy birthday to your son!!

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  5. That's a good poem! Happy Bday to your son -- hard to believe you have a son who's 40 years old!

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    1. It's hard for you to believe it? I really can't believe it.

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  6. I hope he's been happily flying his way ever since. Happy birthday to the Favorite Young Man! (Hope you're feeling well, janiejunebug!)

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    1. I'm fine, thanks. I just have allergies. FYM still flies, except when he swims without drowning. I spoke to someone who referred to him as "that skinny kid who rides a bike all the time."

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  7. Happy Birthday! He must have been quite something to inspire a poem like that while in high school. Not just about girls and football.....

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    1. He has always been compassionate and tender hearted. He was an excellent big brother. However, he's always been very independent.

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  8. This reminds me of "Crystal Stair" by Langston Hughes. Beautiful!

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    1. That's so kind of you. I haven't read much Langston Hughes. I'll have to find Crystal Stair.

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  9. Lovely and HBD to Favorite Young Man

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  10. Birthdays are special, our babies grow up so fast

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    1. When he was little, I couldn't imagine what he would be like at 40. He turned out well.

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  11. That is a cracking good poem, Janie. Thank you for sharing your gift to your son with us.

    And best birthday wishes to your grown-up son. I hope the years ahead are kind to him.

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    1. Thanks, jenny-o. I hope he has many healthy years ahead because he has to take care of me when my senility worsens.

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    2. "worsens"?? lol

      I don't think you (or he) have to worry yet :)

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    3. I don't know about that, donkey dear.

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  12. Happy birthday to your son! Wishing him all the best.

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  13. What a special gift; Happy 40th to your son.

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