My sons, there’re things I hope you’ve learned,
About the proper way to live.
And with any respect I’ve earned,
I’ve fatherly advice to give.
If you’re alone and can’t connect,
There’s a girl and you can’t reach her,
Know that love follows intellect.
Aspire first to be her teacher.
To say “I love you” frequently
Is only good if you are true.
The pain of loving secretly
Will always eat away at you.
Nurture your curiosity,
Though there’s sometimes no solution.
Let asking be your specialty,
And learning your evolution.
Identify the righteous way,
Aware of who you’re meant to be.
Your mirror at least once per day,
Should reflect pride in what you see.
Each morning that you see the sun,
Appreciate your sense of awe.
Know your soul will always be one
With your father’s God of Torah.
Always give yourself to others
You can’t be selfish and content.
If you err and hurt another,
It should never be with intent.
When life gives you a broken heart,
Even if that heart is not yours,
Just find some wisdom to impart.
Let self-compassion open doors.
When you have children of your own,
And I’m in Heaven up above,
Know this, my son, you’re not alone—
Inside you is your father’s love.