Poetry By Jim Nasium

Many of my newer poems all about my son and I
all on one web page for you
Click on the titles, that you see below, to go to that poem


What My Son Taught Me: Yesterday At The Airport

click here to go to The Complete IndexWhat My Son Taught Me: To Do My Best

What My Son Taught Me: The New Bike

What My Son Taught Me: About Skateboarding

What My Son Taught Me: All About Stereo's

What My Son Taught Me: How To Shave

What My Son Taught Me: While We Work

What My Son Taught Me: The Long Baggy Pants Blues

The poem I wrote for the picture you see here

The Old Swimming Hole

Another Chance

The Lighthouse At Cape May

My Son's New Bike


The Lighthouse At Cape May

I saw it driving east on the highway first
the top peeked out above the trees
every now and then I could see the beach
waiting to be kissed by the seas
that make this place the attraction it is
Cape May is my favorite beach front town
let me tell you about the lighthouse there
it's the oldest one still working around

Special bricks were formed by hand they say
to make the tower so perfectly round
taller than any other light house nearby
the light from it could be seen all around
on the tip of the cove known as Cape May
where the beach is a grayish brown
a place to go every now and then
when not too many people are around

Two hundred and twenty seven spiral steps
one hundred and sixty feet tall
a light way up top that was bigger
than any other light I've ever saw
this lighthouse that I'm writing about
has been perfectly restored recently
today I had a good time at the top of it
I'm glad my son was there with me

We took some pictures and hung around
then went for a walk out on the sand
we both started to feel a little hungry
so we ate in the best Lobster House on land
we walked the length of the dock again
then decided to head west back to Philly
as we rode into the sunset my son fell asleep
it was a very special day for me
©2001 Jim Nasium

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Another Chance

My son comes here to spend the summer
we both look forward to the day
when he gets to my home town
and we know that he's going to stay
there's so much that we want to do
everyday it's something new
I write this poem so you'll understand
that son, I'm thankful for you

It's as if I have been given
another chance to do everything
I wanted to do but never got done
from site seeing to learn how to swim
I can do all the thing I wanted to do
sharing them now with my son
making memories and spending time
together before his visit is done

The places I've always wanted to see
over the years in the past
but have been to lazy to go to alone
I can go to now at last
I've finally someone I enjoy being with
yes, I mean my son
when ever we are together
we always have a lot of fun

He said he likes being with me
that he learns something new every day
but what he can't see is he's teaching me
as we go along on our way
days go by fast when you're having fun
but that's ok with me
because I'm making memories
for my son, and our family history
©2001 Jim Nasium

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What My Son Taught Me: All About Stereo's

We walked into the appliance store
my son was looking for a stereo
I wasn't into shopping today
I really didn't want to go
but when I walked into the store
and saw all the stereo's in the shop
and how loud the music was playing
I thought my heart was going to stop

A salesperson walked over to us
asked us if she could help us out
I told her we wanted a stereo
she said you'll have to shout
we couldn't hear ourselves talk
the music in the shop was so loud
my son knew exactly what he wanted
that kid makes me very proud

The stereo my son decided on
was almost half as big as his room
it had everything you could think of on it
I know this thing will be my doom
the CD changed held 33 CD's
the speakers were four foot tall
the components were stacked so neatly
on a shelf you stood near any wall

The radio had six different bands
there were also two Dolby tape players
you could make it one of three colors
by removing or adding layers
of thin colored snap on plastic
I've never seen anything like this before
we couldn't carry it out the front
the thing wouldn't fit through the door

After taking the stereo out though the back door
we loaded it wrapped in pads into the back of my truck
my son told me he knew that he
had ran into a little luck
he never thought he'd get the box
that he's wanted for so long
I told him when we got it set up at home
he was going to play me my favorite song

Today I learnt about stereos
and listened to music I never heard
when my kid turned the bass all the way up
he chased away all of the birds
that feed out side the windows
that are in the back of my house
he may enjoy that boom boom boom
but I like it quiet as a mouse...

I went back to the stereo shop
getting there just as fast as I could
I walked into the shop
I did what I knew I should
I bought my son a set of head phones
told him to use them when I'm home
cause when I create with my computer I need quiet and want to be alone
©2001 Jim Nasium

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What My Son Taught Me: To Do My Best

I look at my son and I see myself
he's got my hair and my eyes
he's a very hard worker
always giving it his best tries
he's a little taller than I am
and he's so full of energy
it's amazing for me to watch him
he acts so much like me

My son sure keeps me busy
he's got so much energy
I wish some one would tell him
to take it a little easier on me
I'm old and I get so tired
he's young and full of energy
I do my best to be there for him
because no one was ever there for me

My son is turning into a man
he needs me now every day
to try to help and guide him
as he goes on along his way
soon he will be driving
then comes college and his own home
before I know it he'll be married
then I'll be left here all alone

I do my best to make each day
that we have together count
I'm teaching him to save some of his money
so we opened a bank account
it won't be long he'll want a car
then he'll be moving out
I want him to know I'll be here for him
that's one thing my son don't doubt

I look at my son and see my self
I can see some of his mother too
I know he'd rather have both of us
in his life but what can I do
what once was will never again be
so I raise him all alone
I do the best that I can do
to supply him with a happy home
©2001 Jim Nasium

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What My Son Taught Me Yesterday

I try to be in control of my own life
very happy to live here alone
I have everything that a man could want
a car, TV, computer and a phone
I go through life day to day
removed and totally care free
no reason at all to feel my age
rich with a colorful history

I'm pretty sure I am the only one
that time has decided to pass by
I'm still very young at heart
not too many understand why
I don't look my age at all
I'm as healthy as a man can be
living the life of a King
happy, wealthy and free

I try to stay real active
work every chance that I get
I do my best to keep everything straight
but sometimes I seem to forget
I'm not as young as I used to be
sooner or later age finds us all
I seem to be getting short and fat
while my son got stronger, and tall

Everything was just fine for me
while I lived here all alone
my son would write or call me up
we'd talk for hours on the phone
then at last the day had come
for my son to fly out to visit me
when I first saw him yesterday
I had no idea how big he would be

He's been away for such a long time
I had convinced myself I wasn't old
until yesterday at the airport
my son walked up to me real bold
he stands 5 inches taller than me
he's the exact same weight as I
a full grown man 37 years younger than me
I almost started to cry

I thought about the years that passed
since his mother and I were in bed
I'll never forget those golden years
I've memories saved in my head
but that was then and this is now
I am no longer the same man
when I saw how big my son has grown
I think that I finally understand

Just because you feel young at heart
don't mean that your not old
you can still keep your pride
and forever remain as bold
as you were when you were as young
as your son is today
when I saw him at the airport
I realized a lot yesterday

Soon he'll bring some lady home
he'll introduce her to me
then he'll make the announcement
that he plans to get married
next will come grandchildren
the whole cycle starts over again
even though we're not the same age
he and I will always be friend

My son made me understand
that I'm no longer a young man
it's time to let go of the past
I need to be here to lend him a hand
when ever he needs a friend or father
to help him along his way
it's time for me to act my age
is what my son taught me yesterday

©2001 Jim Nasium

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What My Son Taught Me: About Skateboarding

It's only been about twelve days
since my boy came to stay with me
I've been trying my best to use this time
to make some new memories
we've done a little concrete work
we took trips into the city
but so far of all the things we've done
today he really impressed me

He said he needed a new skate board
asked me for a ride to the mall
we went into the skateboard shop
I couldn't believe what I saw
there were kids of all ages and sizes
they all had weird colored hair
their pants were down around their knees
but none of them seemed to care

Skate boards were hanging from the ceiling
there were hundreds more on the wall
near the clothes, shoes, pads and things
my son wanted one of them all
I watched him buy his new board in parts
he said it's cheaper that way
then I took him out to eat with me
then he wanted to go home and play

I hadn't even gotten into the house
when he asked me if he could
go out back of my small work shop
and help himself to some wood
I said sure why not go ahead
take all the wood that ya need
I told him all that I have is his too
after all he is my own seed

I was hot so I took a shower
then sat down to check some e mail
I heard my son screaming
Dad come look at my rail
he went and built something
I've never seen anything like it before
it's long and it's made to "grind" on
wait, I wanna tell you some more

The kids on the street all gathered round
they all wanted to help build too
they asked me if I would measure for them
maybe make a saw cut or two
before I knew it three hours went by
we had built what looked like a bowl
he called this thing a half pipe
I love this kid with all my soul

The children are all much happier
now that they got someplace to play
my son put his new board together
he's amazing what can I say
the way he flips that board so fast
then lands back on it with both feet
he jumps up on this pipe we made
the tricks he can do are real sweet

He not only got the skateboard today
but he got a mini skate park
I can't seem to get him off of the thing
he's out there right now in the dark
he's jumping and grinding wood he said
there's at least 13 kids out there
I can't even hear myself typing
but I don't really care...

It's amazing the things my son teaches me
every day I learn something new
I guess it's cool after all
I teach him a few tricks too
the hours go by so fast in a day
there's no time to do all I have to do
I'm spread way too thin these days
but my son's happy, so I'm happy too
©2001 Jim Nasium

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What My Son Taught Me Today: While We Work

When I was a boy so long ago
my father took me out to work
with him, his father and brothers
my dad always wore a smirk
he was proud to see me out there
learning the family trade
I always did the best I could
so I got a passing grade

The sun is hot and unforgiving
the work's just as hard as can be
I try to make the best of it
because now my son is here with me
he's learning the trade that I learnt
from my father when I was a boy
working with my son these days
has been my greatest joy

The days seem longer than they are
time goes by so slow when ya work
out side under the hot sun every day
getting dirty and sweating like a jerk
my son showed such an interest
in the kind of work that I do
even after a whole day out in the sun
I don't want our work to be through

My son taught me a lesson today
to be happy with who you are
be happy if you got your health
you don't need money or a big town car
as long as you have work to do
and a home to go to when your done
it's easy to make the best of a day
and all your work days will be fun

My son taught me to laugh while working
it helps the day to move along
the other day while we worked together
we both sang our favorite song
the work gets done and we have fun
together working just he and I
he's doing the best that he can do
always giving it his best try

I see a lot of myself in my son
his hair, his eyes and his hands
one day soon I already know
that he too will be making plans
to teach his son the family trade
passing secrets down the line
I know that he will be ok
and everything is going to be fine
©2000 Jim Nasium

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The poem I wrote for the picture you see here


Father and son working together
high up on a roof
patching big holes in a farmhouse wall
trying to act aloof
one looks just like the other
it's strange how much they are alike
they're both at their very best
when they're doing something they like
©2000 Jim Nasium

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The Old Swimming Hole


the old swimming hole is a place
that I hold dear in my heart
and so I took my son there today
so that his memories of the place could start
but what I saw when I got there
brought a tear to my eye
it seems that folks have destroyed it
and I can't understand why

the old swimming hole was not the same
as it once was for me, today
it changed since I was a boy
this is really hard for me to say
but since I had my son with me
I tried to make it fun
I didn't want to tell him
that the old swimming hole was done

the old swimming hole has litter
thrown all over the place
and broken glass and beer cans
on the ground, it is a disgrace
many of the tress are gone
they have all been cut down
and burnt in giant fires
that have destroyed the ground

the old swimming hole's clear water
is now a thing of the past
there is this green bubbly stuff
and it is spreading fast
I can't believe a place that
is as beautiful as this place can be
has been destroyed by others
and could never be the same for me

the old swimming hole was a lot of fun
for my boy, but what did he know
this is the very first time
he had ever been allowed to go
with me to this magical place
that is so far away
we didn't stay very long
but we had a lot of fun there today
©2000 Jim Nasium

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What My Son Taught Me: The Long Baggy Pants Blues

I went shopping for clothes today with my son
he needed shoes and pants the most
now I am not a fashion statement
and I really do not like to boast
but at least I wear clothes that fit me right
they're not too big or too long
but while shopping with my son today
I lost my patience's before too long

My son wears a size 32 waist
and should wear a 30 inseam
but he wanted to get these 32 x 34's
so they'd bunch up ya know what I mean
his pants looked like hell all baggy
bunched up down around his shoes
when I told him he couldn't have them that long
he got the long baggy pants blues

I tried to tell him that he should wear
a nice pair of pressed dress slacks
maybe something dark and well tailored
but he said he's give me the facts
today he said kids wear their pants
way too big for their own size
all bunched up around their shoes
and half way down to their thighs

I told him that no son of mine
needed to look like all the rest
of the kids that go to school here
because he came from one'a the best
old world families in this place
but he didn't understand
I got so upset with him
when he ignored my demand

He's slick this little son of mine
he came up with a plan
he tried to reach a compromise
and get over on his old man
he said I want the 34 length
so ok dad here's what we'll do
since you want me to wear a 30 length
how about if I get the 32

I had to let him get his way
after all fair is fair
and the 32 lengths don't look so bad
so I guess I really don't care
as long as we're both happy
on what ever it is we agree
everything will be ok
that's just the way it has to be...
©2001 Jim Nasium

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What My Son Taught Me: The New Bike

It's been a real long time since I
have gone shopping for a bike
after walking around in the mall today
I feel like I've been on a mountain hike
we hit the two upper levels
then we searched most of the ground floor
we didn't see what my son had in mind
till we got pretty close to the door

Finally on our way outside the mall
to the comfort of my car in the lot
my son saw the bike he wanted
so that's the bike that he got
it had everything he talked about
he said it was good for doing tricks
he didn't want pads or a helmet
to help when he takes his licks

We took the bike home carefully
in the truck of my new car
we went out back to assemble it
but we didn't get too far
when all the other kids on the street
started hanging out to see what I'd do
or if I could even put it together
some of them started bugging me a bit too

Come on old man get out of the way
was the statement that pissed me off
when I stood up to scream at the kid
I got dizzy and started to cough
I took a long look at my son
and asked him if it'd be ok
to let him and the kids work on the bike
he said yes, cause you're only in the way

I went inside for some cold water
I needed to take a little rest
I try to be a good father
I'm giving it my best
then I heard my son in the basement
say it didn't hurt when I took that fall
when I went out side to see what he did
I couldn't believe what I saw

He went and cut the chrome handle bars
to make them shorter on his new bike
then took a can of spray paint
to make it a color that he liked
he took off the bikes stock sprocket
added one that's bigger and thicker too
he took all the brakes off his bike
just an hour ago it was new

I asked him why he did what he did
he said "yo dad don't it look cool"
all the other kids standing there
said "yes dude your bike rules"
I didn't know what to say to him
I had no idea what I was supposed to do
an hour ago the bike was new in the box
I was in shock I'm telling you

My son asked me to take a good look
at the bikes that the other kids had
he pointed out that they all were the same
he didn't understand why I was so sad
I just spent five hundred dollars
to get him the bike of his dream
in less than one hour he butchered it
being a father can make a guy scream


©2001 Jim Nasium

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My Son's New Bike

It's been a real long time since I
have gone shopping for a bike
after walking around in the mall today
I feel like I've been on a mountain hike
we hit the two upper levels
then we searched most of the ground floor
we didn't see what my son had in mind
till we got pretty close to the door

Finally on our way outside the mall
to the comfort of my car in the lot
my son saw the bike he wanted
so that's the bike that he got
it had everything he talked about
he said it was good for doing tricks
he didn't want pads or a helmet
to help when he takes his licks

We took the bike home carefully
in the truck of my new car
we went out back to assemble it
but we didn't get too far
all the other kids on the street
started hanging out to see what I'd do
or if I could even put it together
some of them started bugging me too

Come on old man get out of the way
was the statement that pissed me off
when I stood up to scream at the kid
I got dizzy and started to cough
I took a long look at my son
and asked him if it'd be ok
to let him and the kids work on the bike
he said yes, cause you're only in the way

I went inside for some cold water
I needed to take a little rest
I try to be a good father
I'm giving it my best
then I heard my son in the basement
say it didn't hurt when I took that fall
when I went out side to see what he did
I couldn't believe what I saw

He went and cut the chrome handle bars
to make them shorter on his new bike
then used a can of spray paint
to make it a color that he liked
he took off the bikes stock sprocket
added one that's bigger and thicker too
he took all the brakes off his bike
just an hour ago it was new

I asked him why he did what he did
he said "yo dad don't it look cool"
all the other kids standing there
said "yes dude your bike rules"
I didn't know what to say to him
I had no idea what I was supposed to do
an hour ago the bike was new in the box
I was in shock I'm telling you

My son asked me to take a good look
at the bikes that the other kids had
he pointed out that they all were the same
he didn't understand why I was so sad
I just spent five hundred dollars
to get my son the bike of his dream
in less than one hour he butchered it
being a father can make a guy scream
©2000 Jim Nasium

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