laugh at yourself

often and much

positive comedic relief

grumpy hearts to touch

wise professors learn my signals

even in flip-flops and shorts

intelligent conversations

 relevant points and retorts

sand castles with the kids

high fives and scraped knees

run around with no age

hiding from my nephews in the leaves

I earned the praise

worked hard and true

moved on from the liars

false friends unlike you

stop and breathe the sunrise

appreciate nature’s tiny beauty

seek talent in the meek

help others find their duty

combine love for a gift

to carry on our name

a garden patch of knowledge 

generational seedlings grow the same

teach the kids to play

stand up and live together

help one soul to the light

these efforts last forever

 it is not about the masses

just one single grain on the beach

one mind you can help

build a bridge for better reach

then sit back on the porch of life

as ideas grow to be

I remember the valuable lessons

my father taught me

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