Poetry | Scolding


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Scolding isn’t  instructing

Neither is it mentoring,

No matter how needful

The recipeint.

Scolding doesn’t inspire

But secretly infuriates;

It constipates growth,

Withers self-worth.

Scolding’s intonation is downward,

Like the one for alarm:

“Look out!”


“You asshole!”

“You smoke too much!”

Its tone is never calm and humble

But always sharp and proud.

Scolding’s purpose is to force compliance

Not to secure agreement.

So, though it is ineffective

It is still resorted to

Thinking it a quick-fix

And even if it fails

It feels good to the scolder.

3 thoughts on “Poetry | Scolding

  1. 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.

    Manfred >


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