Tell Me

With what shall
I teach my young?
With my experience?
(Embittered though it be.)
With tales of
the songs I’ve sung?
With hope
in the now
and in the then?
Shall I teach them
how to lie?
How to sin?
Then
With what shall
I teach my young?
With love?
Lost though it be.
With my expectations?
Which should only
Be for me?
With tales of
my achievements?
With the sadness
of bereavement?
With the melancholy
of the jazz man?
With the promise
buried in the land?
Tell me
With what
Shall I teach my young?

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