©2021 by Vernon Miles Kerr, VernonMilesKerr.com
Scolding isn’t instructing
Neither is it mentoring,
No matter how needful
Scolding doesn’t inspire
But secretly infuriates;
It constipates growth,
Scolding’s intonation is downward,
Like the one for alarm:
“You smoke too much!”
Scolding's tone is never calm and humble,
But always sharp and proud.
Its purpose is to force compliance
Not to secure agreement.
So, though Scolding is ineffective
It is still resorted to —
Thinking it a quick-fix.
And even if Scolding fails,
It still feels good to the scolder.
3 thoughts on “Poetry | Scolding”
Scolding reminds me the over vigorous pruning of a tree. This poem spoke the words my spirit cannot always say. Thank you for that!
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I agree with the sentiment.
You are a man of many genres.
A friend of mine, Tina Martin, who took Junior Seminar from me has (self) published a book that I plan to send you a copy of when it’s out. I think — not sure — that you’d like it. Will take another few months.
So nice. Thank you. We both have had both shots. We’ll have to come grab breakfast at the Tennessee sometime soon.