TEMPER
  
  When I have lost my temper
  I have lost my reason, too.
  I'm never proud of anything
  which angrily I do.
 
  When I have Talked in anger
  and my cheeks were flaming red,
  I have always uttered something
  which I wish I hadn't said.

  In anger I have never done
  a kindly deed or wise,
  But many things for which I felt
  I should apologize.

  In looking back across my life,
  and all I've lost or made,
  I can't recall a single time
  when fury ever paid.

  So I struggle to be patient,
  for I've reached a wiser age;
  I do not want to do a thing
  or speak a word in rage.

  I have learned by sad experience
  that when my temper flies,
  I never do a worthy thing,
  a decent deed or wise.
 


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