I know best what's best for thee
And what thou wilst - it cannot be.
Heed my words and thou shalt thrive
And prosper and be more alive.

Though thy wisdom knew no bound,
I'd choose my own, my humble ground
To sow my seed and reap my hay - 
'Tis not a boon I'll trade away.

Without thy heed, how can I live?
Who am I, if I've nought to give?
My counsel I beseech thee take
For me, if not for thine own sake.

In homely garb myself to rule,
I'll be for no fine king his fool,
Nor e'en in heav'n to be a pawn:
Take thy wisdom and be gone.

~ Josh Mitteldorf  8/05