Boys To Men

Transitional Education and Consulting Services

When we look in the future what will we find

The men that we raised or the boys left behind?

 

When I gaze in his eyes I know I don’t see

A dealer, an inmate or gang wannabe.

When I listen to voices of laughter and hope

I don’t hear the anguish of brothers on dope.

When I hug him and hold him I know I don’t feel

A child disconnected who’ll age caged in steel.

When I give him direction and show him I care

Then I can’t imagine a life of despair.

If I let him know often that he is king,

If I make him believe he can do anything,

If I show him that greatness is part of his past

Then his drive toward excellence will make it last.

If I pour a foundation of love and esteem

And provide him with tools that will capture his dream,

If I nurture and strengthen his heart and his soul

Then he’ll be encouraged to fulfill his role.

When questioned and challenged, in times of great need,

These brothers will answer, these brothers will lead.

Their rap will be positive, thoughtful and true.

They’ll earn our respect through the good that they do.

Their game will be legend as they rise to soar

In neighborhoods, families and board rooms – they’ll score.

As they join with their sisters these brothers will build

The future we want and the life God has willed.

 

When we look in the future what will we find

The men that we raised or the boys left behind?

                                                                                   Terrence L. Freeman 1999

 

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