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Stand Up Men

Fear not, you men of little integrity
Of things you don't understand
The choice to believe is yours to choose
But judgement is not in your hands

Run not, you men of little courage
Away from what you don't know
It's not there to hurt you
So be not afraid
Not friend is not always foe

Give it a rest, you men of insecurity
God has many given names
I'll call mine what I wish
You call yours what you wish...if you have one
In the end, will we worship the same?

Lead your house, you men of selfishness
Teach your sons truth and power
Give your wives love and they'll give you respect
Show them a man, not a coward

Hate not, you men of lies and apathy
A man that stands when you sit
Take your idle hands out of luke warm water
And put them to work, but don't quit

Because I tell you now
Whether I bow down to God
Or bow down to Allah
Or be the Great Spirit the one
At least I was a man
And I took a stand
In the end what harm has it done?

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  1. Date: 4/22/2013 2:29:00 PM
    excellent message, Caleb. One that should be understood by all religions. Sadly, it isn't a message that many are completely getting these days. I came back here to tell you, my complexion only looks a little dark after summer months when I have been laying out. sadly, I am such a white girl!! hahaha

  1. Date: 5/18/2012 3:14:00 PM
    This is so good Caleb !!! - oxox love Anne-Lise

  1. Date: 5/17/2012 11:02:00 AM
    Beautiful good luck in contest :)

    Smith Avatar Caleb Smith
    Date: 5/17/2012 12:16:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you, Melody!
  1. Date: 5/17/2012 10:56:00 AM
    good luck in the contest with this great entry

    Smith Avatar Caleb Smith
    Date: 5/17/2012 12:16:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you, Francine!
  1. Date: 5/17/2012 9:56:00 AM
    Caleb, good that we all have a choice..David

    Smith Avatar Caleb Smith
    Date: 5/17/2012 10:51:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Yes. That is true, David. Let us hope that the furure allows more freedom of choice and not less...no matter what one believes.