Vinegar or Honey? (Which one are you?)
The bible says to tell the truth with love, that the tongue is like the rudder on a ship, and can steer us wrong. Ephesians 6:4 says, "Fathers don't exasperate your children"Though not explicitly christian, this poem comes out of these concepts.
Someone made a comment on face book that patriotism is a disease and a sickness tearing down freedom. I laughed and asked if I had a patriotic fever. First thing this morning I wrote this poem.
Spare Not The Rod
"Spare the rod and spoil the child" is a phrase coined by a 17th century British poet, Samuel Butler, but it is based on Proverbs 13:24, "He that spareth the rod hateth his son, but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes."