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You were a strangerYou were a stranger who I never understood
I looked into you, but your heart was wood.
Your thoughts confused and tormented
your past almost as demented.
I tried to hold you in comfortable embrace
but all you knew was anger and disgrace.
I tried to bend to your will to offer you peace
but your tormented thoughts never cease.
I could not save you, no matter how I tried
your being only knows pride.
I tried to plumb the depths of black
to drag you forth and call you back.
I am not for you, though our bodies be tied
in your heart lies the divide.
You were never mine all those years ago
despite the lies you told and my will for it to be so.
You are darkness, encompassed and confused
only by darkness are you amused.
I read your words all these years
I tried to understand your hopes and fears.
But you are alien and belong to another
she will be your children's mother.
I have drifted past the place
where I idolized your pretty face.
These are the handsThese are the hands of ancestors long before me
suited to hard work and labor, to move the soil or down the tree.
These are the shoulders of all who came before
they are broad enough to carry my burdens and more.
I come from people who won't back down
sold by princes to fight under another crown.
I come from people who stood brave and tall
whose hands helped make tyrants fall.
I come from men whose bravery is still told
from legends of their deeds,I too must be bold.
I come from women who sacrificed and fought
so children could be fed and a life brought.
In my veins, red as yours, is blood of the brave
passed on to me beyond the grave.
The legacy of those before us still stands
to preserve freedom and work a life from the lands
I will not shame them who fought so hard
nor let them by my actions be marred.
I am a child of those who came before,
and I will work until I am no more.
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