The first, essential task: repudiate

your parents. Reject their values and advice.

Make clear they have no right to legislate.  

There will be rows, of course, but that’s the price. 

The later task: reject the youthful you.

Remove the smirk from that conceited face.

It may take tens of years to see this through. 

Slow and painful, like shedding a carapace.

The final, urgent task: repudiate

the first repudiation. Try to mend

the damage that you wrought. If not too late.

Assuming they’re still there to re-befriend.