sir, standing at the cross–roads of life?
Looking to take your chance on broad waters?
Better make sure you stand straight, like a man.
Have a clear eye, and honest attitude
Speak from the clarity of a good heart
After the proper measure of deep thought
Using sound words that dignify your post.
There is no shoulder to cry on — no space
Set out where you can change the entire world:
Except by order in your mind, control
Of that which sometimes challenges the tears
Of boyhood to drown the cheeks of manhood.
Stand up! Look smart! Have pride about you, lad!
In all your life choose good things over bad.