my boy

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Now that you’ve spent some time out there
seeing futility in vain
now that you’ve learned it’s not all just a game,
as it sets your youthful heart
please lets not drift too far apart…

melanodoxeio

Now that you’ve had your first heartache
gasping for air as it set upon you
you must remember all I’ve taught you,
be bold and never think you’ve lost
life’s lessons learned, a positive cost

melanodoxeio

Yes, I accept it, you know it all now
as varied cravings starting to show
all over your tender, adolescent body,
hastily marked by tonic love
be mindful of its perplexities my son.

melanodoxeio

And as your father drifts away,
as life and death run their trepid course
consider the echo of my distant voice:
never give up your lucid dream
no matter how hard it all may seem…

Iakovos Garivaldis

By Iakovos Garivaldis

Iakovos Garivaldis (founder of Diasporic Literature Spot) was born in Thessaloniki Greece, and arrived in Australia as a migrant. He has studied Computer Science and is a Certified IBM U2 Developer / Administrator.He writes poetry (in both Greek and English) and in Australia was president of Hellenic Writer's Association of Australia between 1993 and 2004.Published six books, as he founded the first bi-lingual literary website in 1997, organised the first book exhibition of the works of Greek-Australian writers, organised the first photographic exhibition of Greek-Australian writer portraits and was the first to research literature on the internet in the Diaspora. Γεννήθηκε στη Θεσσαλονίκη, έφτασε στην Αυστραλία το 1970 και υπηρέτησε σε πολλούς παροικιακούς οργανισμούς. Γράφει λογοτεχνία στην Ελληνική και Αγγλική από παιδική ηλικία.