do not choose to be a common man.
It is my right to be uncommon
if I can.
I do not wish to be a kept citizen, humbled
and dulled by having the state look after me.
I want to take a calculated risk;
to dream and to build, to fail and to succeed.
refuse to barter incentive for a dole.
I prefer the challenges of life to the guaranteed
existence to the stale calm of Utopia.
will not trade freedom for beneficence
nor my dignity for a handout.
I will never cower before any master
nor bend to any threat.
is my heritage to stand erect, proud
and unafraid; to think and act for myself;
enjoy the benefits of my creations
and to face the world boldly
and say, this I have done.
this is what it means to be an
By DEAN ALFANGE