A page from my diary.

————————————-Hari  Oum——————————————-

The poem I like.

Abraham Lincoln’s letter to his son’s Head Master(contd)

In school teach him, it is far more honorable to fail than to cheat.

Teach him to have faith in his own ideas, even if every one tells him

they are wrong. Teach him to be gentle with gentle people and tough

with the tough. Try to give my son, the strength not to follow the crowd,

when everyone is getting on the bandwagon.

Teach him to listen to all men but teach him also to filter all he hears,

on a screen of truth and take only the good that comes through.

Teach him if you can, how to laugh when he is sad.

Teach him there is no shame in tears. Teach him to scoff at cynics

and to beware of  too much sweetness.

Teach him to sell his brawn and brain to the highest bidders;

but never to put a price tag on his heart and soul.

Teach him to close his ears to a howling  mob…

and to stand and fight if he thinks he ‘s  right.

Treat him gently; but do not cuddle him because

only the test of fire makes fine steel.

Let him to have the courage to be impatient,

let him have the patience to be brave. Teach him always

to have sublime faith in himself  because then he will

always have sublime faith in mankind.

This is a big order; but see what you can do.

He is such a fine fellow, my son…….

Diary:Oh, Lord! to get promoted in your school is very difficult;

Here, we have to appear for  your test at first;

Whatever  may be the result, will be published next;

Failure may  make  some people  mentally sick; some become violent;

Suicide, a disappointed person  may commit; or he may turn to be a saint;

Some may suffer the destiny’s painful beat, with or without any complaint;

Promotion only a  few can get in your hard-core test;

Really lucky is  s/he  who comes back to Your abode with peace at heart. 

Vani Hegde.


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