If you can’t throw a game
of checkers convincingly
don’t bother with becoming
a parent is my advice to you
indeed the same holds true for
all ball sports (and other sundry
tests of skill too) learn to lose
like you’re the Pelé of own goals
level playing fields, be damned!
always be prepared, as a parent
to forfeit with panache and style so
as to know victory through peace.