This is a poem I will be sending to my son as he nears the end of a prison sentence. It’s really a sequel to “Too young for Bars”, the poem I wrote when my son was first sent away.
End Of A Journey
And from the darkness you can now see light,
I know it’s been tough but I’m hoping you know,
From that hard bitter lesson, “you reap what you sow”.
I wrote a letter each week all through the years,
To try and dispel your earlier fears,
That friends would forget you, never want you again,
And I know it happened…wish I could spare you the pain.
For those who forsook you, give them no thought,
They were never true friends and never your sort,
Start a new life, you’ve gone from “boy to a man”,
And you know I will help you as much as I can.
But you’re coming home stronger and wiser I feel,
All your heartaches and heartbreaks will eventually heal,
You have a young son who will need you each day,
And I know you will love him in the best possible way.
It’s going to hard, I’ll not lie to you,
But manners and humility will see you through,
Do not be afraid to ask for advice,
That’s what I’m here for and “cheap at the price”,
Temptations will come but it’s time to be strong,
Just remember the first time and what you did wrong,
Do you really want to be locked up again?
And put friends and loved ones through more terrible pain?
I am not so religious as I really should be,
I only pray in an emergency,
But He’ll answer my prayers and those of my friend,
And see your life through to a fruitful end.
Just want you to know son I will always be here,
I will never forsake you, I love you so dear,
One day I will be gone but these words will remain,
And if ever in doubt please read them again.
Love, Dad. xxxx