Advice to a Daughter

Don’t be a tease

Although it may come easily.

Don’t break a heart

Albeit unintentionally.

Don’t ever flirt

With those whom you might hurt.

Never be disparaging

To those who show you favour

Nor falsely encourage

Their earnest endeavour.

Do not be unkind

Though it flatters your vanity

To have men pine

And question their sanity.

Never assume

Your appeal is intellectual;

Attempts to impress

Are rarely ineffectual.

Enjoy the company

Of those who matter

But save the best

For those who matter.

First published in ‘Reach’






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