Young Brother, what’s manhood to you?
When you were young and impressionable,
what did others teach you to do?
What did your little eyes see?
What did they say
about you to make you this way?
What is manhood to you?
What does it mean?
Where does your definition come from?
Oh, it’s in your genes
to cheat you say…
you’re whole family’s that way
Your dad beat your mom,
but how come
instead of being the man he could never be
you turned into the man he was?
And you swear cause you’re fine, that’s a plus
You got education and money
You got a house and a car;
your credit aint funny
but you’re insecure
You think you need power and fame,
you’re running away
from your own shame.
You say the alcohol or drugs
are to blame
Too scared to face the fact that you’re lame
Power suit, power tie, power stare,
you’re living your dream,
you getting that paper
But look at her face…
that’s where you left your temper.
What’s manhood to you?
Cause with all that you do, you
never come close
So sure that you made it, you just might boast
but respect, happiness, peace and love
are what matter most
Men own up to their mistakes and grow
Boys make the same mistakes over and over
reproducing what came before
Manhood means breaking the cycle
To be a man is to recognize,
that real women are treasures in disguise
But all are to be treated with care.
Don’t vandalize her, because
you didn’t bring her here
I see the man in you, waiting
to be free.
Stand tall, right your wrong
Your issues are real, but you are not alone
Love is the seed from which all things should sprout
Your hurt is real, so let it out
That doesn’t make you less of a man;
it makes you better,
it makes you greater,
than anything life ever threw your way
What is your definition of manhood today?
~Inspired by Kevin Powell’s Lecture (All the men in the Universe should have been there)