I’ve heard it said a child’s inner voice
is in his parents’ tones.
The angry, impatient words spoken
ring in their ears
and tell them they are not enough,
for the rest of their lives.
For every word spoken harshly,
a hundred should be spoken in love,
if only because the angry words sting
and stay and replay
So that defensive feeling
is your heart fighting off
that ugly voice
you were never enough.
But you are.