- Ode for a Younger Brother
A former student of mine is going through a rough patch. He spoke up in defense of a couple of others and those he challenged reacted harshly. He expressed his opinion and they acted to stunt his future opportunities. He is cocky and he is rash, but he is also brave and loyal. He is eighteen. He is a true diamond in the rough. Why can’t any of his current teachers lift him up rather than kicking him while he is down? If I knew the answer to that, I would be rich and famous instead of smart and good looking!
As we live and make our way
We must decide what we will say
Life falls like rain on me and you
We must decide what we will do
Some will tell us play it cool
Do not speak up or break a rule
No matter what we may think
Our lives can change in just a blink
Others will urge us to take a stand
Speak right up and lend a hand
Be we their or our own man
They think we can’t; we know we can.
They will try to beat us down.
To rob us of our just renown
With words and deeds they make the case
To try to keep us in our place
Don’t let them make you weak – resist
Make room for your strength to exist
Don’t let them fill your mind with shame
But dance in the glow of your heart’s flame
Of all the things I’m sure are true,
I’m most certain of the worth of you
You’ve made mistakes due to your youth
But you’re a winner and that’s the truth.
So let our foes do what they may
You’ve got the courage to make your way
No matter how they carp and criticize
Believe in yourself and forget their lies.
© 2012, Larry Conley. All rights reserved.