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Praise not daughter’s beauty
though amply manifest
owns myriad wonders
prefer you would profess.
Superficial trappings
count nary a whit
they shine bright as pyrite
and share value with it.

Acclaim of face and form
irrelevance heightens,
beauty that’s worth acclaim
resides beneath the skin.
With wit that cuts like knife,
yet tongue that soft explains,
wins over errant minds;
she’s scholar most proclaimed.

No shrinking Juliet,
she’s far more Beatrice,
and when a fool prattles
stills his tongue with a kiss.
Poetry in motion
rarely to squabbles falls,
jujitsu in action
she shuts detractors maws.

Indomitable will
darling girl does possess,
obstacles overcomes
from her goal would suppress.
Patiently bides her time
as resources accrues
when she’s aligned the stars
she makes own dreams come true.

With empathy galore
girl longs to save the world,
so wise beyond her years
and such a caring girl,
but though she feels the pain
of those sorely oppressed
feels a bit of disdain
of redundant transgress.

Mind acute as Euclid’s
she sees the world plainly
patient with the obtuse;
right as ninety degrees.
Schooled in arithmetic,
standard deviations,
balances red and black
accounting equation.

My daughter is lovely
but look beneath her skin
she’s talented and bright
yet true strength lies within.
So, please don’t praise her looks
which is least of her gifts
and though she’s fair Helen
her true strength’s her spirit.

Praise not daughter’s beauty
though amply manifest
owns myriad wonders
prefer you would profess.
Superficial trappings
count nary a whit
they shine bright as pyrite
and share value with it.