To you who has been my oppressor,
My guide and my professor,
I must apologize for my behavior
For my intentions have changed due to my savior.
Against your river I must swim now;
Your gravity I must defy â€“
Soon my day will come;
You will see me fly.
Unable to see your shadow
You lead me to your meadow.
I was kidnapped from the holiness I once had.
You are the lord of violence,
Thus, I shall fight with peace,
My weapon of choice --
When you command me to walk, I will run.
I'll never forget have you have done.
My flag you may confiscate but beware,
A bigger one I will wave in the air.
Lock me away, keep me from freedom;
Nelson Mandela I will be renamed.
For even though my goal is not fame,
My liberty will thrive unlike any other season.
This is my demonstration:
Statues of you will be torn for decoration.
In your streets you will see marches;
My soul wonâ€™t stop even if my feet are turned to ashes.
You asked me to get up and sit in the back
Where the darkness of oppression resided.
Sadly for you, bravery I no longer lack.
A two letter word with courage inside it.
To Equality and Respect I vow my life;
I pray to God to let them be my wife.
In rough roads, you will hear tolerance ring
And for that, I'll be known as Martin Luther King.
I broke away from your prison and your chains
For all you cause me and my siblings is pains.
I walked free, only to change myself for the better.
Gandhi they will call me, and they cry upon reading my independence letter.
I will give back what I was given,
Itâ€™s time for me, with you, to get even.
I will help others when life isn't easy;
Your people will fear me as they did Mother Teresa.
I have a name my parents gave me,
Yet, by that name, your army will not know me,
I am His child, His beloved;
His sinning little rebel.