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You Have A Lot To Learn, Young Man

You have a lot to learn, young man;
there will be a cool day that doesn't belong
in the wavy heat of August when all is tan.
There will be a warm day that doesn't belong

in the soggy month of March of muddy soles.
A bunch of your friends will include you
on a risky adventure that will take its tolls
as they push beyond what you thought you could do.

A teacher will get your mind firing on all cylinders
explaining how the world works even when it seems bleak .
Your mother will, without warning, become one of the figures
of great beauty and charm and from then on an image to seek.

Your father will, as time goes on, become one of your heros
as he works and plays hard giving you a life he wishes he had.
A young woman will, in you, take a sudden interest as love grows
and you will have a lot to learn to become her one man and maybe a dad.

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Submitted on August 14, 2014

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Born in Los Angeles, California. Attended East Los Angeles Community College '71-'73. Major study: Photography. Lived in Eastern Oregon '76-'77. Lived in Great Falls, Montana '77-'79. Have lived in Beaverton, Oregon since 1980. Enjoy combining photography and poetry. Favorite poets: Robert Herrick, Robert Browning, William Cullen Bryant, Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Robert W. Service, Wallace Stevens, Charles Simic, John Robert Quinn, Ethel Romig Fuller, Edgar A. Guest, James Whitcomb Riley, James DePriest, Irene Rutherford McLeod, Antonio Machado, and Rupert Brooke. more…

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