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Today I Taught


 When I got mad and hit my child,
"For his own good", I reconciled;
and then I realized my plight....
today I taught my child to fight.

When interrupted by the phone,
I said, "Tell them I'm not at home;"
and then I thought, and had to sigh...
today I taught my child to lie.

I told the tax man what I made,
forgetting cash that I was paid;
and then I blushed at this sad feat...
today I taught my child to cheat.

I smugly copied a cassette,
to keep me free of one more debt;
but now the bells of shame must peal...
today I taught my child to steal.

Today I cursed another race,
Oh God protect what I debase;
for now, I fear it is to late....
today I taught my child to hate.

By my example children learn,
that I must lead in life's sojourn;
in such a way that they are led....
by what is done, not what is said.

Today I gave my child his due,
by praises for him instead of rue;
and now I have begun my guide....
today I gave my child his pride.

I now have reconciled and paid,
to the IRS on all I made;
and now I know that this dear youth...
today has learned from me of truth.

The alms I give are not for show,
and yet, this child must surely know;
that charity is worth the price....
today he saw my sacrifice.

I clasp within a warm embrace,
my neighbor of another race;
the great commandment from above....
today I taught my child to love.

Someday my child must face alone,
this world of fearsome undertone;
but I have blazed a sure pathway....
today I taught my child to pray.


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