Mixed Messages

So funny are those charged
To teach and protect
At one moment speaking of
The virtuous nature of beings
Then bringing the fear
To get good choice making
By kids just starting to
Understand the fun in risk,
Believing nothing can happen to them
And that hype usually distances itself
From the truth

Why not speak realistically
Using plain, straightforward language
Without the shock,
The hype, or
The absolutes
Kids are smart enough to
See the whole picture
And ballsy enough to flaunt authority
Especially when the messages are mixed
With a bit of hyperbole

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