“This hurts me worse than it hurts you,”
Said she, grabbing his little arm.
“But this is something I must do,
To prevent you from doing harm.”
“Never resort to violence.
There is always a better way,”
Mother said with great vehemence.
“For those who do must always pay.”
“Child, never ever hit someone.
No kicking, biting or pinching.
Lest you wind up in a dungeon ~
It could even end with lynching!”
Then she laid him across her lap,
As with her right hand, she did whack
With a loud and thunderous clap!
“Son, vow never again to smack!”
Cheryl A. Showers