Younger Personís Clothes

The dreams and hopes of youth  
may change as one ages  
the function of life experiences  
and also the loss of naivety  
A lad in junior and senior high  
wanted to shape government  
be the first male African American  
US Senator of the most populated state  
Head heroes, some who were politicians  
others who critiqued society with songs  
poems and dramatic parts  
a strong sense of connectivity  
Working my way through under graduate  
and volunteering on campaigns
I relished actively engaging people  
in politics but eschewed the role of money  
Discovered that being a political candidate  
in this climate is attached to soliciting  
others for contributions and telling  
people what they want to hear  
Entertainment not information  
much like what has happened to news
which is function of what sales  
and ratings not stimulating the IQ
A discovery that I was bipolar further  
resigned me away from any candidacy
and an awareness that the closer to  
federal government the more deplorable  
The facade of holding and maintaining  
political positions  
the friends at the local level and state
remained people I could believe in  
The realization that people I drew courage  
from, the Bobby Kennedy, the Malcom X,
the Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger
Randall Robinson and Shirley Chisholm  
Paid for their convictions sometimes with  
their lives or other sacrifices  
the bright eyed youth privy  
to the game politics has become  
Even as an educator my perspective  
changed, no longer buying the rhetoric  
of ďdoing it all for the studentsĒ
which has twisted well meaning reform  
My dreams and aspirations no longer  
the stuff of being a cog in  
organizational change but rather  
about a return to recognizing  
Human worth and dignity in all
not confined to race, gender,
sexual orientation or wealth  
but rather as Doctor King said,
ďThe Content Of CharacterĒ
Written by JAZZMANOR
Author's Note
Optimism changed with time
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