Nathan
By:  Mog
(maria.mogavero@optiva.com)

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Author's Notes:  The inspiration for this was the writings of MLK, Jr. Simple statements but written in beautiful poetry.  (I by no means am thinking I am as good as 'da man) The character of Nathan amazes me.  The idea that someone could go through
so much pain and hardship as a slave and still be sane & generous humbles me. Much like the Holocaust victims.    'compos mentis' is latin for sane, or sanity.

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Nathan
The Spirit of Man.
When the body is broken
when does the spirit follow?
When does it stay?
To cling like a last leaf
on the cusp of autumn and winter.
When does it survive
and saturate the shell; to heal from within.
Swelling silent strength.
compos mentis
To maintain this, the mind's eye dulls the memory's hues;
But emotional recollection precludes such protection.
Injustice, ugliness, ignorance
If even one can be pulled from a man
Can not another?
When not like you
I am stronger than you.
I will not say better; I will say stronger
If I am stronger then I can pull you up to my side
It's up to you to stay.
I will live by example
I have had examples of not living nearly every day of my life
But since life has chosen me,
I will not back down
I will choose life.