Stand Tall

Brother, you must stand tall
even when all others
lean on a crumbling wall
like woe-stricken mothers;
stand against the headwinds
shouted by cold tyrants,
whichever way it ends
stand tall in defiance.
Stand tall within the flood
and tides that pull afar,
and as they sling their mud
remember who you are,
for to stand tall right now
as they tear all else down
is to gild your stern brow
with a luminous crown
that will guide others hence
as a beacon of light;
stand tall with the good sense
that you will win this fight.