I hate to be weak
or appear weak
when adversaries are at the gate,
ready to jump on me
and eat me raw;
and laugh at me
and my miseries
No! I have to stay strong, stand strong,
on the two feet that God has given me,
and the dignity he has bestowed upon me –
son of Adam and Eve.
No! No one can take that away from me –
From the day the gate’s opened
to the day it’s closed,
I am the sole guardian of my own fate:
With my own two feet, arms, hands, ears and eyes
With a single head and heart
I have the best of armies
A formidable general and a sagacious council.
I shall defend my life
and its dignity
and I shall not perish
but in a struggle that that’s worth the life I have been given.