Advice To A Son

Never trust a white man,
Never kill a Jew,
Never sign a contract,
Never rent a pew.
Don't enlist in armies;
Nor marry many wives;
Never write for magazines;
Never scratch your hives.
Always put paper on the seat,
Don't believe in wars,
Keep yourself both clean and neat,
Never marry whores.
Never pay a blackmailer,
Never go to law,
Never trust a publisher,
Or you'll sleep on straw.
All your friends will leave you
All your friends will die
So lead a clean and wholesome life
And join them in the sky.

by Ernest Hemingway

Comments (22)

I’ve got it, but have one question A drop of color – white is lack, And blood improve by adding blue; And never ever fire back, If I have got a shot from Jew. And never write to internet, All deeply sink in global net; And I can sleep in prickly straw, If lie on smooth and lovely squaw. The moment comes, I need Advice, And You have mention “marry” twice! I had some, and my bride has too, So doubt that my number two, And force her promise - no more, Ask how many was before, So tell me reasons, starting score, When people name girl a whore.
Never trust a publisher, Or you will sleep on straw This advice must be for poets etc. Lead a clean and wholesome life And join your friends in the sky Nice advice to humanity in general.
Never trust a publisher, Or you'll sleep on straw... HAHA
I love this piece. Thanks for sharing
This is wisdom in a few simple stanzas... worthy of any son. Superb piece of work by this classical great!
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