stunna shades on, sitting in the back,
too cool for school
abide by the schedule but won't play by the rule
your rule of thumb is to sit back, play dumb
no questions, no engagement
life is just a script, not a flexible arrangement
and I've seen it before, this "bore-dumb"
little do you know your potential
I see within you, it's torrential
an outpouring of art, coming straight from the heart
or maybe it's science, but judging by your silence
I see resignation not an act of defiance
it's not about the clothes you wear
it's that blank stare
justified by saying, "life's not fair"
you want to challenge the status quo?
you're right, jumping through hoops isn't the way to go
the system is rigged, yes, even I know
but even so...
how is your current path working for ya?
there's work to be done on policies
on racial and income inequalities
I won't pretend this will make your life a breeze
but at least with a great dream to seize
your mind can be put to work, and your heart be at ease.
I won't pretend to know your circumstances
I've got my privilege, there's no denying
but are you really better off to give up without even trying?
I think deep down, you're dying
Resignation and numbness, combining
and your countenance, lying.
you, looking for answers
wanting to help create a pathway, you see
but it doesn't mean a damn thing without your own agency
your vote, your voice
your effort, your blood, sweat and tears
own your life, do your art
spread your flame, share your spark
being you, showing up
being alive and a force for beauty
it's not something you find "out there"
in catalogs and classes
it's in you, the glass is
full to overflowing with possibility
if I could do anything, I would see you be awake.
this is your life.
I can only sound an alarm, I can only inspire
I can only acknowledge and fan that inner fire
is for you to be fully you
immersed in creating in the universe, too
with laziness and boredom
but to be clear-headed and full of purpose.
let go of the chatter
saying you're stuck, you suck, your life is fucked
god-damnit, you matter!
I don't flatter,
I speak the truth.
you have a purpose.
you are a part of something.
you can do it, how can I help?
wake up. dare to be vulnerable.
get in action and start a plan
I see good things in you, young man.
the act doesn't fool me, even if it's fooling you
don't kid yourself, kid, do the best you can do.