Advice to a Son
by Gary Metras
had a worried parent,
brooding over the boy’s journeys from the den,
knowing his small needs
are huge and real,
his little temper touched off by what is not his.
Son of mine, you are not mine alone,
though I lay claim to you,
as you do me.
Know that we have rooted ourselves
this little while in each other,
that the roots are deep
that I must twist them tighter
to save myself,
that you will pull and rip and tear them
as you can.
You, be a strong tree with searching roots,
be the self you cannot yet see.
And learn of Beowulf
before he learns of you.
Gary Metras has two new books of poems in 2015, Captive in the Here (Cervena Barva Press) and The Moon in the Pool (Presa Press). He is the editor and letterpress printer of Adastra Press in Easthampton, MA.