December 4, 2022

Daddy’s Diary

I found my daddy’s diary tucked
Beneath his attic mess,
And, lettered on the cover was,
“The Secrets of Success.”

I feared it would be bulging with
Some windy, long laments;
But when I opened it I found
Three simple stanzas, hence:

“To know someone, don’t listen
As their lofty talk ascends,
Instead, just look at what they’ve done,
And who they choose as friends.

And learn what you do badly, and
Stop doing it, pall mall,
So you can concentrate and grow
In that which you do well.

And, most important in your life
In love, or work, or wit
Is knowing not the time to start,
But knowing when to quit.”

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