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Poem to Son Turning 21

I wrote this poem for my son when he turned 21 and told me that he wanted to live on his own.

A Man Of Your Own

© Valerie Capasso
as your mother I want what's best for you
and want to see good in all that you do
I would like you to take this advice and understand
that even though you are now a man
in life you have to make a plan
I would like for you to sit and decide
who you really are inside
I want you to ask yourself - "where do I plan to be a few years from now?"
and then make that plan to do it somehow
this question you may have to toss around in your mind
as it may take you sometime
for you to feel the answer you want to find
this answer should come from your heart
family and friends should take no part
they should not influence you in anyway
then your life as you know it will be taken away
I want you to be true to yourself
and I will be there "only to guide you" if you need any help
always remember that life is what "you" make it
so please do not forsake it
and when the answer comes
and you know who "you" are and what person "you" want to become
I will stand by your side
on whatever you decide
all this is important for you to understand
as your life has just began
and if you never take my advice again
let it be known......
"life can never go wrong....when you are a man of your own"


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Published: Jun 2007

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  • My youngest child, My son, Charles, will soon be twenty-one. Your poem touches me deeply. Thanks so much. You've expressed things I don't know if I'd ever have found the words to express myself.

    Donna, Houston, Tx Submitted May 2012
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  • I will be 21 in few month, and become a man on my own, my dad who is my only hero, he is a person who never show his emotion but he is always there to guide us. After reading this poem I feel he too wishes these things the same for me. Love you ''NABA''

    Ritige , India Submitted 9/11/2013
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  • I can understand this poem. This is a mother unwilling to let go indeed my mother has said many of these words to me. Mother are a great help and they are always right. Well some of the time at least.
    No mother's are ready to let you grow up and then they don't want you to go. To every parent we are still their little baby.

    Danielle, UK Submitted 12/18/2013
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  • I think this poem should be given to every son who is planning on "making it on his own".

    Elsa,Nyc Submitted 12/19/2013
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  • This really expresses what real women are towards their beloved children. Parents should always be good motivators and role models. I loved the poem.

    Octovius Itswabare, South Africa Submitted 4/1/2014
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