All of Them but One

They knock before they come in.
All of them but one.
They wait for me to say, “Yes?”
All of them but one.

They are never too angry,
Never too loud.
They never tell me what is right
Or what is allowed.
They never say how to look
Or what others see.
They never tell me how to live
Or how to be.

They are well-mannered voices.
All of them but one.
They are good at giving choices.
All of them but one.