Better Words

Lots of times what others say is so much better than whatever I manage; and today I want to share someone else’s much better words……

From the inspiring and provocative mind of Immortal Technique……

Immortal_Technique“I haven’t really spoken on this before but I will now. My father was a hard man. He was really tough on me, physical training, mental exercises, not being able to offer up unsophisticated excuses for what I did wrong. Those of you who know me personally know that the old Colonel was no joke. One day when I was a very young man he pulled me aside, and he said to me sternly, “Don’t ever be a coward my son.” I looked up at him confused at first, but I just listened. He said, “the definition of a coward is a man who is disrespected at the workplace, laughed at in the street, and walked over by the world. But instead of confronting those things, instead of confronting those people. He goes home and takes it out on the one person who is closest to him. That is not a warrior. That is not a man. He has not vanquished a worthy foe. He is a fuckin’ coward. Don’t you ever be a coward my son.” My father doesn’t really curse so to hear him talk like that left me with a strong impression of what it was to be a man. It is not just great strength that guides us, but great wisdom and great love. I have worked funding lots of programs and shelters over the years. Please remember, if you have a problem, you have a problem. However if you have a problem and you don’t tell anyone then you have a really big problem. Talk to a friend. Tell someone you trust. Call a hotline. Remove the cancer. Peace” ‪#‎ImmortalTechnique‬ ‪#‎domesticabuse‬ ‪#‎tellsomeone‬ ‪#‎warrior‬ ‪#‎father‬

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LAST 20 YEARS

 This is to honor my dad and all the cops out there!

For the last 20 years I watched you wake up and leave,
You’d put on the clothes, then roll up your sleeves.
You’d put on a smile and wear your golden shield.
Where do you go? To play on the field!

For the last 20 years I heard you say “Why?”
“God, these people did not deserve to die!”
You’d be there , first on the line,
To save a life , or put up a sign.

For the last 20 years you never shared your dreams,
Do you actually sleep or it just seems?
You’d get up, again, in the middle of  night,
“C’mon, let’s go! Two dead in a fight!”

For the last 20 years I listened to you and learned,
I remember the days when you were mad or concerned.
You gave  it all when nobody asked,
You are the one that no one surpassed.

For the last 20 years you’ve been the most amazing guide,
I want you to know you’re my strength and my pride.
Days are passing by  and times will be hard,
When you grow older, I’ll be your Guard.