When I was but a kid
I could dream of a future
bright and fair and happy
who wanted to it to be.
I wanted to follow those dreams
and be one who brought forth change
to a world that so longed for it.
"You can't do that", they said,
shaking their heads and waving their hands.
"You're just a disobedient little kid
with a simple mind from a simple family.
A working man for a father and a housewife for a mother
what could you possibly achieve?"
They told me to stand down and that was what I did.
When I was a youth
I would still dream of a future
a little brighter than the present
of things I could do that at least some people
would come to remember some day.
I wanted to act upon those dreams
for it was better to try and fail than
not having tried at all.
"You won't get anywhere", they said,
snickering and laughing behind my back.
"You don't have the kind of money to get
the education you need, and neither does your family.
You should just do what your forefathers did
and be content with what's meant for you."
They told me to accept the way things were and that was what I did.
When I grew up to be a man
I dared dreaming of a future
- on occasion at least, when I could afford
a little break from reality -
that wasn't as sad as the past or the present.
I would cling to the hope of seeing better days,
for what I wanted was nothing more
than finding my place in this world.
"It's useless", they said,
"just like you are" was what they were thinking.
"You should just stop trying to change things
as they have always been this way.
You have no right to be happy,
as it is a birthright for few and can not be earned."
They told me to stop dreaming and that was what I did.