by Steve Cavin

Be, or be not.

Stand on your feet,

And show them your face.

If they knock you down,

Open your mouth,

And speak the truth.

If they strike your mouth,

Write down your words,

And pass them around.

If they burn your words,

Take your hands,

And lend them to your brothers and sisters.

If they bind your hands,

Put your strength

And effort into the land.

If they take your land,

Rise up in freedom,

And take to the streets.

If they deny your freedom,

Open your heart,

And overflow with love.

If they cannot accept your love,

Remember who you are.

Be, or be not.