How to Murder Your Mother

The way to kill your mother is to love.
Anger will not do it, hate for hate,
Rage on rage. Compassion is the key,
Heartlessness the door, and on the other
Side a place of sympathy and peace
And gentleness and tenderness and touch,
But happy touch, not homicidal hits,
And soothing words that nourish, neither scold
Nor scald,
To him, except for her a sullen rage.

Joseph Hart