|Author:||Coates, Rodney D.|
|Publication:||Name: Journal of Pan African Studies Publisher: Journal of Pan African Studies Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Social sciences Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 Journal of Pan African Studies ISSN: 0888-6601|
|Issue:||Date: Dec, 2010 Source Volume: 4 Source Issue: 2|
--Dr. Rodney D. Coates
East St. Louis, IL
When When the tide of life rocks your boat When the winds of change batters your doors When the rays of reality shatters your illusions When the quiet of abandonment fills your ears And yet you stand; When it seems that fate has left you adrift When all your friends condemn you When your path is strewn with your past When failure is all that you can see And yet you stand; When the solitude of forgetfulness is your only escape When the multitude of complaints are your only friends When the plethora of excuses is all you redeem When the avalanche of disaster is all you harvest And yet you stand; When despair mingled with tears is your daily drink When drama coupled with fear is your only comfort When pain and defeat forces your head to bow When deceit and lies weigh heavily on your shoulders And yet you stand Then, and only then -can you shout with both clarity and surety That you have overcome. Then, and only then -will you know who are your true friends. And then and only then will you Be able to drink from the cup of victory-if only you stand.
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