Thought Prints

    “Thought Prints,” Ensign, Jan. 1979, 60

    Thought Prints

    My thought prints indelibly inscribed

    Upon Bill’s brain, scare me

    When I hear his small mouth

    Spouting them at the world,

    Assured that they are RIGHT!

    Neither can I shield him from

    Views opposed to mine.

    The time is nigh for trusting

    Values taught, I let him go—

    A prayer with my good-bye.

    Now I’m surprised to hear fledgling

    Ideas as he returns today.

    Bill’s voice, acquiring new tone,

    Is teaching me, and pressing back

    Against my tough mind

    An imprint of his own!