The Prompt: Handle With Care—How are you at receiving criticism? Do you prefer that others treat you with kid gloves, or go for brutal honesty?
If brutal honesty’s your thirst,
please don’t throw down the gauntlet first.
I have no need for verbal sparring.
In fact, I find it rather jarring.
So please pick up your gauntlet and
just place it back upon your hand.
Kind’s my material of choice
with which to gird thy hand and voice
as you tell me how I’ve erred,
so please wear gloves and wear them paired!
And then I have one more request.
Other critics have found it best
while telling me how to comport
myself in life, to make it short!