A Pledge I Must Keep

 
I stand before you              – debunking myths and shredding habitual lies.
I sharpen minds                  – to formulate community ties.
I infuse relief                        – to stir higher education and cognitive skills.
I arm young leaders          – those who will guide for years.
 
My hands quiver                  – from extensive training and exceptional labor.
I now research journals   – from nights on in.
No disjointed agenda         – I’m posturing you to win,
to create a tomorrow         – of proven results and truths you’ll defend.
 
I stand here                            – acknowledging books I have read.
Unrestrained energy          – moving like a fierce flame.
Nothing limits me                – but indecisiveness, slothfulness, or lameness.
The spirits of nature           – it must move within.
 
I cannot reject                      – educators and activists that push me to grow.
A critical thinker                 – I must crave for more, and advance
to greater heights                – by following the instructions of those well fed.
Guarded progress               – are efficacious steps ahead.
 
Probing for strength          – unhinged, my path is clear.
To change a condition       – mentally, I must start it here.
Empower politically           – I must master the rules, redirect the game,
serve on committees           – and be an active flame.
 
I must not abuse power    – or partake in immoral demands,
never be a weak leader      – or walk with dirty hands.
I pledge to live morally      – and be equipped with progressive plans.
A pledge I must keep           – and be an honorable man.