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Vinegar or Honey? (Which one are you?)

by Ken Leath

Vinegar has a bitter taste, and a very pungent smell.
A little’s all you really need, to make your food taste swell.
But if you overuse it, there could forever remain,
A bitter taste you won’t forget, implanted in your brain.

Now honey has a different taste, it’s sticky, but it’s sweet.
No matter what you put it on, it’s what you’ll love to eat.
Honey never seems to get, old or out of date.
For dipping, spreading or on your peas, it’s a taste no one can hate.

Vinegar can often be compared, to lots of things we say,
And many actions that we do, each and every day.
Words we use and things we do, will seem harsh to anyone.
Spewed from our heart like vinegar, at our daughter or our son.

But honey sweetens what we say, makes our actions sticky too.
Our children will try to model us, mimicking everything we do.
When my children hear the words I say, and I’ve given them all I’ve got.
When they take a look into my heart, I hope they’ll see a honey pot!

I don’t think I’ll ever understand, people giving their kids such strife,
By spewing out so much vinegar, they’ll ruin the best part of their life.
I season my words with honey, I won’t drive my kids away.
And after my kids get married, I’ll be seeing my grandchildren every day!

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