The Whetstone Newsletter Vol. 1 No. 17 – Father’s Day Edition

A Boy and His Dad

Welcome to the Father’s Day edition of the Whetstone Newsletter!

Since Sunday is Father’s Day here is a wonderful poem about fathers, sons, and fishing.


A Boy and His Dad

by Edgar A. Guest (from When Day Is Done, 1921)


A boy and his dad on a fishing-trip—

There is a glorious fellowship!

Father and son and the open sky

And the white clouds lazily drifting by

And the laughing stream as it runs along

With the clicking reel like a martial song,

And the father teaching the youngster gay

How to land a fish in the sportsman’s way.


I fancy I hear them talking there

In an open boat, and the speech is fair;

And the boy is learning the ways of men

From the finest man in his youthful ken.

Kings, to the youngster, cannot compare

With the gentle father who’s with him there.

And the greatest mind of the human race

Not for one minute could take his place.


Which is happier, man or boy?

The soul of the father is steeped in joy,

For he’s finding out, to his heart’s delight,

That his son is fit for the future fight.

He is learning the glorious depths of him,

And the thoughts he thinks and his every whim,

And he shall discover, when night comes on,

How close he has grown to his little son.


A boy and his dad on a fishing-trip—

Oh, I envy them, as I see them there

Under the sky in the open air,

For out of the old, old long-ago

Come the summer days that I used to know,

When I learned life’s truths from my father’s lips

As I shared the joy of his fishing-trips—

Builders of life’s companionship!


To my Dad:

Happy Father’s Day! Thank you for taking being my fishing companion and getting me “fit for the future fight”.


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