Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Dad--By Lois Greene Stone--United States


You always said, “Be Careful”
when I left the house
and I responded by acting
defiant, telling you
I wasn’t a baby that needed
to be told to be careful.
You still said, “Be Careful”
the very next time even 
when I just took my
bicycle a few houses away.
“Yeah.  Sure,” I replied,
sounding cool, indifferent.
Now I understand what
you meant when you said
“Be Careful,” it’s still
your way of expressing
you love me.

(First published Skylark)

Lois Greene Stone, writer and poet, has been syndicated worldwide. Poetry and personal essays have been included in hard & softcover book anthologies.  Collections of her personal items/ photos/ memorabilia are in major museums including twelve different divisions of The Smithsonian. 


  1. Hi Lois,

    Thank you for your poem, "Dad." I enjoyed reading it, as it brought memories back of when my dad would tell me to "be careful" of this and that situation. Thank you for sharing. Continued blessings!


  2. yes, sometimes it takes time to understand... lovely nostalgic write

  3. Nice work Lois, rich meaning, enjoyed it very much and I utter those same words to my kids!!

  4. Be careful means: how much I care. A parent to a kid. me to the love of my life, very well written! Thank you, Lois, for sharing.

    Best wishes,

  5. Lois,
    A lovely poem to (or in memory of) your father. Great job!
    Yours truly,
    David Fox

  6. Wonderfully expressed thoughts Lois that are so true
    Knight Writer