John J. Gordon

Some parental dictates  

linger through life  

offer a behavioral blueprint

like benevolent instructions

imprinted on my youth

     treat others with respect

     consider different opinions

     be tolerant

Compassionate parents

past and present   

have tendered  

similar tenets

to their children     


                     bears witness

                     to a ceaseless stream 

                     of tyrants   

                     fanatics who


                              claim they possess truth

                              condemn dissenters

                              smear opponents

                              promote fear

                     I wonder

                     what advice

                     their parents

                     gave them