Wallace Dean LaBenne

Child Word Expression

Professor, therapist, author and poet.

When angry, hurt or full of tension,
Cursing words the child will mention.
 Frustration, conflict, needs athwarted.
The child swears; attacks aborted.
 Adults use words, what do they mean?
The child's not told. Now he's obscene.
 Which words to use from inventory:
Religious, sexual, excretory?
 Dogma, rules say I'm a sinner.
Profanity for the beginner.
 Sexual impulse still tabooed.
Although condemned, hotly pursued.
 Fece is seldom understood.
Is stool then proper, right and good?

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