Dear Harvey (Hour Six)

 

 

Dear Harvey

 

I am thrilled to course through your veins

and down to your hands onto what looks a lot

like typewriter keys but I know is something else.

 

I’m your grandfather Harry

and you were named for me.

 

You would think I’d be marveling

at so much that has changed.

 

But you don’t understand.

Nothing has changed.

 

I won’t use a lot of words because

all you need to know is simple.

 

Follow the Ten Commandments.

Especially, honor your father and mother.

 

I taught your mother by example.

I always had a flower in my lapel

and gave the best advice I could

to those that sought me out.

 

But of course the Great Depression

taught me a thing or two.

 

So what can I tell you?

 

Life can move in mysterious ways.

When you can, try to understand

that it’s not what you do

but how you do it that will

be your legacy.

 

 

 

4 thoughts on “Dear Harvey (Hour Six)

  1. I love this. There is a huge message given in a such a simple form which, I think is very clever.
    The lines …
    You would think I’d be marveling
    at so much that has changed.
    But you don’t understand.
    Nothing has changed
    Sums up that regardless of how technically advanced the world become, the premise behind ‘teach by example’ is the best lesson anyone can impart to the young.

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