(a) Do not allow insult:
 language should be a thimble
 to shield your brother’s thumb.
(b) Do not tell your firstborn
 the story of Isaac:
 you just never know.
(c) Do not let yourself speak
 about the unknowable.
(d) Do not use language
 to punish, to command
 or to complain:
 language is the month
 of March, a time
 to straighten one’s things
 with one eye on the spring.
(e) Do not pretend
 that you hold language
 as a craftsman holds
 a tool. Language holds you
 steady as it stuffs you
 full of others