If You Are a Man - by Abidemi Adebola

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“Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history”  Plato

The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress and grows brave by reflection

If you are a man
You have not been broken
You have not failed
You have not been defeated
You have not been rejected
and you have not been humiliated

If you are a man
You do not learn
You do not read
You do not try new things
You do not stand for something
And you do not walk in the wilderness

If you are a man
They do not gossip about you
They do not slander you
They do not betray you
They do not conspire against you
They do not lie against you
And they do not abandon you

Then you are not a real man
Real men are full of scars,
They are alone,
They are hungry
And they are beautiful

Abidemi Adebola
Founder African Reading Project


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