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Lyric for My Sons

Poem by Greg Powell - Lyric for My Sons

Lyric for My Sons

(I write to you, young men,
because you are strong,
and the word of God lives in you,
and you have overcome the evil one. 1 John 2:14)

The poetry of your birth cries
Revelatory connect of our eyes
Caused Grandma Joetta to sigh
From Blood River you rise
Move my emotions to devotion
Birth inspires divine notions
New path new life new start
You are God’s art
That blessed your Pa Pa’s heart
Planted in your lives the like seed I need
To fulfill Gods plan making me a deeper man
A daddy man demanding understanding
Praying God to handle your landing
And your launch to black planet
Of your own creation soul iration
Transcending insane nation
Let your peace vibes flow Divine oblation
Taking the mother ship to destined station
Be patient persevering resilient
Aim to own and never rent
Choose a woman whose heaven sent
Give it the max until you’re spent
Don’t ride and die drive and live
Don’t be corrupt but freely give
Own your self don’t be captive
Strive for 360 degree wealth
Live in Hueman health
Keep it stealth and strategic on lock
Handle business and manage your stock
Keep your mind on foundation of rock
Long haul stepping don’t fall like Pac
Game designed to take you out
Before we understand what the shit is about
Beat down the devil in Holy Spirit rout
Mind your diet so you don’t get the gout
Stand up strong erect and stout

I give you the best of me
Pursue your destiny
Discard the rest of me
Become the learning tree

You been hearing these words
Since before you were born
Put you down in your crib
And commenced to inform
I prophesied your days
Changed your dirty diapers
As acts of praise and never malaise
In sleepless daze and loving ways
Spoke visions and dreams
Spoke love in your blood
Made you smile like sun beams
Tickled you at the seams
We wrestled with growth and changes
Transitions and rearranges and even rages
Strange stages life turning pages
As we journey through our own ages
Even through diseases we don’t decrease
I keeps the fight to increase the peace
Until Jah Love give me my release
Keep on trying until failures cease
God grace you attested
When you almost got arrested
Even though your tears crested
You learned to withstand when tested
What you fail equips you to fulfill
Success is exertion not the magic pill
Get your thrill, but keep it real,
Know when and how to chill
And when to shut the fuck up
Regroup and buck up
And do the peace be still
Cause the trip is uphill
But you got the gifts to climb
And strength to seek the sublime
Wisdom says to put in the time
No pity parties no depressed pine
Excavate your brain like a gold mine
Boot up your mind, delight your find
From mistakes you recover, new creation
You discover, be your own soul lover
And even when you don’t have a clue
To thine own self be true
Power and love over fear
Rise into the stratosphere
Know God is always near
Mommas love is always dear
My love is always clear
Take your life wheel and steer
From the front never the rear
The head never the tail
Keep the wheel to the rail
The wind to the sail
The will to never be jailed
The focus to do things well
Jah love to stay out of hell

I give you the best of me
Pursue your destiny
Discard the rest of me
Become the learning tree