Sometimes I fear I cannot bear
The lonliness of life’s despair
I see the children on the street
Their vacant eyes dimmed by defeat.
Compared to those of long ago
When ambition was clear to show
With spunk and guts they vanquished fear
While spirits channeled strength and cheer.
They did not cower in some cave
But learned how proper folk behave
They mimicked those who came before
They worked and saved and worked some more.
They learned the language, customs too
Embraced the challenges they knew
And in the end their courage won
Look now to see how far they’ve come !