My youngest son needs to grow
He needs to blossom into a man
He needs to learn from other’s
Men who have led by example
But who will he learn from?
His father is in jail
And so are his father’s friends
His uncle is always at the street corner
He is among the guys who whistle at ladies
Use crude and disrespecting language to all
The corner is Smokey from cannabis
His elder brother batters his wife
He does not provide but drinks away
His male cousin is in court, accused of rape and robbery
The men around him commit crimes
If these are the models, I am scared for my son?
And so I’m pleading
Calling out to any real man left out there.
Come and help me rescue my son
For as long as I am the only one speaking
I fear he will fall into this deadly trap
The one laid by his father and brother before him
Mentor my son, Lift him, so that he lifts his
Kill the cycle of destruction
Destroy this toxic masculinity
Let us build better men
Not boys unprepared for the modern age
Age of respect, responsibility and equality
Cause God knows, it is time.