Camena Pro Meus Pater

A picture of my dad, Ronald Neumann, after a catch.
A picture of my dad, Ronald Neumann, after a catch.

Camena Pro Meus Pater:

Poetry for my father:

My father is me—

Albeit more developed,

Having gone through life.

He sees me as part of him,

Feeding me useful advice.

 

Cauterize your wounds.

Don’t fight fire with

Fire, but fight against it.

 

Concentrate your will

On your ego’s reactions

To circumstances.

 

Master yourself or

Become a captive of wants.

Liberate your soul.

 

Have gratitude for

The endless miracles that

Guided your choices.

 

You’re as capable

As anyone. Believe it.

It’s a mental game.

 

God is behind us,

In front of us, and in us:

Ubiquitous love.

Open your eyes and ears to

Perceive God in all of us.

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