Love is what she needs;
Love and somewhere soft
To lay her head
And render night and terror gone.
It is not yet time
To preach the lesson
Nor chide her
In half-mocked aggression.
That would break the bridges open
Bridges which are barely built
And tender, still, to any wind.
No, you should be human kindness
Love and somewhere soft.
Leave the lecture till the tides are calmer
The storm is still aloft;
And when you speak,
Be plain but gentle
Take no advantage of her pain.
Be not one that
Sees all black, nor
One who seeks to gain;
Do justice to your very being
Or do it in love’s name.

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