Be careful when instilling a sense of duty in your children. In adulthood, this can result in them believing it is their duty to tell you what to do.
My mind is the seat of my will
I keep a hard copy in the study for when relatives need it.
Every family has the potential to be dysfunctional.
All it takes is for one member to be egocentric.
Rowan is four months old today
Born into turbulent times
He doesn’t yet know the meaning of play
Or that Grandpa is crazy about rhymes
He knows he is loved and has learned to smile
By watching his mum and his dad
To understand more might take a while
But for now things really aren’t bad
One day he will walk, and also talk
And understand more about life
I just hope by then, I can rest my pen
Knowing he’s part of a world with less strife
One is an arbitrary killer, which puts no value on life
The other holds an unspoken tenet: that some people are worth less than others
One is without consciousness, the other without conscience
One attacks vulnerable people, the other makes people vulnerable.
Both exhibit a lack of humanity, compassion, and reason
One is invisible to the naked eye; the other, insidious, is hidden in plain sight
One will, with perseverance, eventually be driven away by the ingenuity of mankind
The other will endure in the dark corners of men’s minds, until a cure can be found for prejudice.
What face denies warm April sun
When winter’s cold has been and gone
So this shadow must move on
We will endure, we will have won
‘Til then we’ll do what must be done
Protect and care for everyone
Why is it that not all can see
This universe exists for me
Plebs and vassals about this earth
None but me have much worth
I am not run-of-the-mill
But the exception; if you will
Hoi polloi may ever be
A unique status applies to me
Not expected to do my share
Of others’ plight, I need not care
So do your chores, hold open doors
Place my desires above all yours
If we could right the myriad wrongs
Turn canon fire to peaceful songs
Bring happiness with each new dawn
Sow barren lands with bountiful corn
Calm stormy winds and heavy seas
Get evil men to try to please
Bring tolerance and common love
And more also you might think of
If only these, you or I could
Then surely…… we would?