Private Interpretation

    “Private Interpretation,” Ensign, June 1992, 61

    Private Interpretation

    Command: Be one.

    My love, it’s clear

    we must adhere

    to one another’s atmosphere.

    I’ve studied out how you don’t fit,

    what you can easily omit

    to bring alignment of our lives.

    To help us really interknit

    I have for you a deluxe kit,

    swatches of my shining best

    which you can stitch to mind and vest.

    I scoured my soul and scrapbook, too

    for parts of me that would help you.

    I don’t presume to flatly state

    that you assume my every trait.

    But look!

    Here is my nobleness

    which will smooth your scragginess

    and stretch out your short-sightedness,

    and maybe spark your sluggishness,

    and bring depth to your shallowness

    (to shape it to sagaciousness).

    What, dear?

    A frown?

    How can that be?

    This matter of a unity

    will forge our best identity.

    What fun we’ll have if we agree

    to change the you in us to me.