Monday, January 30, 2006

To a young woman*

Never trust any man's love;
He is out to trample and leave you.
The flattery that turns your head
Is an insult wrapped up in a lie.

A flatterer is a deceiver
Who slanders you to his friends
And chases another woman
As soon as you turn your back.

Look for one who asks nothing
And gives all without a second thought,
One who will not tell your sins
Or belittle your wounded soul.

Within that person's eyes
You will find there in your mirror
The only one who knows
Just how beautiful you are.

*Irish; author unknown; 10th century original

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