Never Patronize The Young

Never patronize the young,
Nor make light of their sorrow:
For new skin feels the cut the most,
And cannot see tomorrow

Do not use terms like “puppy love”
Or call them immature —
A broken heart’s an ageless thing,
Of that you can be sure

Do not say you know how they feel,
Although it might be true —
For all of this is new. And hurts.
And they cannot be you

For longing’s not an evil thing,
And heartbreak’s not a weakness —
So never patronize the young,
Nor make sport of
Their secrets

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