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NaPoWriMo: Day 11 - Advice to My Son

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As part of National Poetry Writing Month, I will be writing 30 poems in 30 days. I will try to write one each day, but if I miss a day or two, I will catch up on later days. Sometimes I will be following prompts; while other days will come from my own ideas.

I based today's poem on the prompt from NaPoWriMo.net, which was to write a poem of things you would like to say to a friend, relative, or other person.





KFP practices his ringbearer duties.



Advice for My Son

Always look both ways.
Ask before petting stray dogs.
Eat your vegetables.
Wash your hands.
Sneeze into your sleeve.
Be cautious around strangers.
Trust your instincts.
Be gentle.
Forgive yourself.
Love what you see in the mirror.
Look for beauty, and you'll find it.
Don't take things personally.
Smile, darn you, smile.
When you speak to people, look at them.
If you feel like jumping, or skipping, or clapping, do it.
Hold, and hug and kiss the ones you love.
Sing if your heart demands it.
Follow your bliss.
Be strong but not unyielding.
Listen to your heart.
Listen.
Be yourself.





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