Lying to children is wrong

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Lies

Lying to the young is wrong.
Proving to them that lies are true is wrong.

Telling them that God’s in his heaven
and all’s well with the world is wrong.

They know what you mean.
They are people too.

Tell them the difficulties can’t be counted,
and let them see not only what will be
but see with clarity these present times.

Say obstacles exist they must encounter,
sorrow comes, hardship happens.
The hell with it.

Who never knew the price of happiness will not be happy.

Forgive no error you recognize,
it will repeat itself,a hundredfold
and afterward our children
will not forgive in us what we forgave.

Yevgeny Yevtushenko
1952
Translated by Robin Milner-Gulland and Peter Levi (revised)

courtesy: Bombay Dosti

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