POEM: BUILD ME A SON
Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964)
He was an American General. He commanded the Southwest Pacific in World War II (1939-1945). He was behind the successful Allied occupation of postwar Japan and led United Nations forces in the Korean War (1950-1953). He was superbly talented and strongly outspoken. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy. He also served as the superintendent of West Point, chief of staff of the Army and field marshal of the Philippines. During World War II, he famously returned to liberate the Philippines in 1944 after it had fallen to the Japanese. He was mired in a controversy with President Harry Truman over war some war policy and was eventually chuck out from command.
MacArthur was 84 when he died on April 5, 1964. He breathed his last at the Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C.
Following is a wonderful poem by Mac Arthur to the teacher of his son. The poem is really inspirational and heart-touching in content. To achieve maximum benefit from it, everyone is earnestly requested to read it in utter silence and distraction-free ambience.
Build Me A Son
Build me a son who will be strong enough to know when he is weak,
and brave enough to face him self when he is afraid;
one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat,
and humble and gentle in victory.
Build me a son whose wishbone will not be
where his backbone should be;
a son who will know Thee- and that
to know himself is the foundation stone of knowledge.
Lead him, I pray, not in the path of ease and comfort,
but under the stress and spur of difficulties and challenge.
Here, let him learn to stand up in the storm;
here, let him team compassion for those who fall.
Build me a son whose heart will be clear, whose goals will be high;
a son who will master himself before he seeks to master other men;
one who will learn to laugh, yet never forget how to weep;
one who will reach into the future, yet never forget the past.
And after all these things are his,
add, I pray, enough of a sense of humor,
so that he may always be serious,
yet never take himself too seriously.
Give him humility, so that he may always remember
the simplicity of true greatness,
the open mind of true wisdom,
the meekness of true strength.
Then I, his father, will dare to whisper,
“I have not lived in vain.
Father and son image source: patheos.com