VIRTUE

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Virtuous woman, grow up gracefully
Don’t live your life to please our
eyes.
The paint you wear only
counterfeits you.
Your inner beauty is what defines
you
Live as you must with grace and
power.
Not with baked face contoured in
powder
That you may learn that knowledge
is power
Let me share this tale on the hour

One father buys his daughter
Ornaments and jewels
Another father plants a garden
Sharpens the tools
The former daughter
Has diamonds and lost virtue
The latter daughter
Grows flowers and knitted virtue
One mother mirrored her daughter
Teaches cosmetics for beauty
Another mother gives chores
Teaches self-reliance of duty
The first girl finds love
But none who stay true
The second girl finds suitors,
Too many to choose.
written by Sheriff Olaitan
sheriffolaitan71@gmail.com
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