Your Say Does Not Derive
from What You Say
Your say does not derive from what you
A child hears the one most often here,
And loves the one whose
love's most often near.
You must have known that when you went
The power lies with those who choose to stay,
For parents rule
by love far more than fear,
And children follow those they hold most
It takes far more than will to have your way.
And now you want
to tell me what to do,
Not having earned the right through years of
But claiming the authority of seed;
While I will give precisely
what is due,
Returning love to those who loving prove;
who long have served my need.
Copyright by Nicholas Gordon