Dear Parents:

Rhiannon Thorne:

I’ve been thinking about this poem since I first read it. “Dear Parents” is an important read for all.

Originally posted on Rachel Nix:

Strike the soft skin of your children; leave marks.
   Go on: show them how hard they must become
      to be like you.
Mold them to be mindless: coach them to react
   with fists; make them believe that words have
      little worth.
Shape them into an almighty monster: modern man.
Destroy their purity and imagination by damning them
   with absurd words of a god who previous men
      imagined.
Teach children to follow a leader, and to not ever
   break the circle they belong to, so society never
      moves forward.
Above all: train them to question love, even your own.
 Originally published by Melancholy Hyperbole; found here.

Please be aware of your influence on children. This poem was written in response to ignorant and obnoxious remarks made by people whose children are lacking in the respect they deserve. Young minds grasp at everything and remember what they witness; it is…

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