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I was a follower
A coward,

Just trying to fit in
In this busy, busy empire

Then I met a person,
who believed she had it all
not in the bad way, as you would suppose

She gave me some advice,
do you want to know what it was?

Even if you don’t, here it is,
Simple and plain:

She said if you hold your head up high
But not so your nose is in the sky

If you are proud of what you acquire,
Your confidence shoots way higher

If you speak up and voice your opinion,
So that people know you’re not just another minion

If you be who you want to,
And forget the people who say it’s not you

And if you are kind to others,
But also your mother

You are a leader

If you stand up for  the people you may not even know
And tell that ignorant little harasser just to get up and go

If you know where you should be,
There’s a whole lot you can see

If others think that you are worth nothing,
Show them they’re wrong by saying

“If you say I’m worth nothing, then you’re not worth a whole lot either!”
And just walk away

Because all it shows,
Is that

You’re a leader,
And they aren’t.

Copyright © Alex McKenna

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