A Man is a Man by His Actions


I’m a boy from the slums where livin’ is rough

Fought daily for survival, you’ve got to be tough

One on one is expected, but one against many is too

Arise and keep swingin’ or they’ll walk all over you


If you can’t take a fall and quickly bounce back

You’ll never earn respect, and they’ll never cut you slack

You learn to be ruthless, when ruthless is called for

But don’t let it change you, not deep in your core


Being ruthless is not the same as being mean

It’s taking others down, but keepin’ it clean

Purely for self-defense or in defense of others

Continue to respect life: fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers


From slums to foreign soil when fightin’ for “Uncle Sam”

For freedom and G.I. brothers… fuck the political flim-flam

Busted and bloody, but I returned standing tall

But don’t give me no praise, give it to those who gave all


Dad said, “A man is a man by his actions

not from his years on Earth;

he sweats courage and bleeds honor

and guards integrity for all it’s worth”

Dad in Navy


9 thoughts on “A Man is a Man by His Actions

  1. alphajt May 19, 2017 / 2:50 pm

    If we had more traditional fathers teaching these values society would be a hell of a lot better. Good post, JW.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. MC Clark May 20, 2017 / 4:02 am

    Your father was a wise man, JW, and it looks as if the fruit didn’t fall far from the tree.
    Great post!

    Liked by 1 person

    • jwtatfbc May 23, 2017 / 3:53 am

      The blog name is different, but the gravatar looks familiar. So I thank you, Alan.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. incarceratedshadows May 23, 2017 / 7:33 pm

    Yes Sir, it’s me.

    I left WordPress for a few months
    and came back with a new site.

    I wanted to start afresh.
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    Liked by 1 person

    • jwtatfbc May 23, 2017 / 11:23 pm

      It’s good to hear you’re back, and I will come by to check out the new blog.

      Liked by 1 person

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