To A Young Man


Young man, don't be swayed

by the old tribal story, the myth

that manhood must be tested in war

by killing other men.

It is not so.

Men are born brothers.

Cain's rage was his weakness,

not a strength.

Letting elders tell your fate is folly.

Presence is freedom.

Stand here.

Un-choose the ancient tale.

Now, create a new man.

Make peace.

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