Qualified To Teach

You have reminded me too many times,
Through your actions...
What it was you thought of me.
And each time I took what you delivered,
As I made sure you stood to witness this.
And without a defense you made against,
My indentity, dignity or integrity.
In fact,
What you have done intentionally...
Has strengthened my resolve.

It has not been overnight that I've decided,
To live my life for the reaching of stars...
Shining above me bright.
Nor have I been standing in the shadows,
Hiding within a darkness in fear to be in sight.
No.
I have been observing with an appetite,
For that day to come...
To see you learn a few lessons.
And knowing one of them I am qualified to teach.

by Lawrence S. Pertillar

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