Ernest Hemingway

(21 July 1899 - 2 July 1961 / Oak Park, Illinois)

Advice To A Son - Poem by Ernest Hemingway

Never trust a white man,
Never kill a Jew,
Never sign a contract,
Never rent a pew.
Don't enlist in armies;
Nor marry many wives;
Never write for magazines;
Never scratch your hives.
Always put paper on the seat,
Don't believe in wars,
Keep yourself both clean and neat,
Never marry whores.
Never pay a blackmailer,
Never go to law,
Never trust a publisher,
Or you'll sleep on straw.
All your friends will leave you
All your friends will die
So lead a clean and wholesome life
And join them in the sky.

Comments about Advice To A Son by Ernest Hemingway

  • Gold Star - 45,244 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (5/21/2014 9:11:00 AM)

    so lead a clean and wholesome life And join them in the sky.... Beautiful poem from the great novelist and poet. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 45 Points Colleen Courtney (5/1/2014 11:46:00 PM)

    I love this poem by Hemingway. A long way of saying goodness triumphs! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, August 31, 2010

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