is not a golden ticket.
It is an obligation and a duty and an imprisonment.
I give you unconditional love
I have no choice
you are my child, my blood, my soul.
I do not give you unconditional approval
I do not give you unconditional support
I do not give you unconditional encouragement.
There are conditions to all of these.
I demand that you respect yourself
and those around you.
I demand that you try to give of yourself
to the world at large,
that you benefit more than you harm
that you bring joy more than pain
that you create something every day
- even if it is just a sense of
If I am to be imprisoned by my love
then the bars will be beautiful
and the cell will be somewhere
we can both be proud to call home.