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...And Carry A Big Stick
(04 October 1943 / Germany)

...And Carry A Big Stick

Poem By Herbert Nehrlich

Walk softly, boy and always carry
a stick to chase your foes away
go get the girl you want to marry
and build that house on Horseshoe Bay.

It is not money or connections
that would secure a place for all
what matters is in which direction
you kick and follow your own ball.

Stand firm and be prepared to fight
don't compromise and don't deceive
and raise your stick when you are right
while others webs for devils weave.

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If only my Father had given me this advise!
Really enjoyed this one. I have a similar philosophy for bringing up my daughter.
Oh what a tangled web you weave. Your allusion to Teddy Roosevelt is not a 'modest proposal.' Given the choice of despair or thrusting out your chest and having a go at it, your advice in this poem is sound. Tom
Every parent on Earth(I know...impossible) should make their pre-teen daughters and sons read this poem! ! ! ! Memorize it, then learn the steps to this dance of individuality and respect for themselves! ! ! Teens of purpose and decision...not following their peers to be 'accepted'! ! Ultra refreshing. Solid. I wish the votes could go to 100 for this. Parents: put this poem in your adolescent's room...or nailed to their butt! ! ! xxxElysabeth
Good poem w/ a good theme. Standing up for what you believe is the difference btwn. being controlled and having control. Well penned and well structured! -Michael


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