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Monday, July 6, 2020

Dear Hannah: LEarning (I Believe (Keep Your Peace))



 
Dear Hannah,

Keep your peace ...

... through doubt and uncertainty
... through headache
... through heartache


Love,

Daddy



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"I Believe (AKA "Keep Your Peace")"
By Derrick Brown
10-2-2019

keep your peace ...

... through doubt and uncertainty
... through headache
... through heartache

[Chorus]

i believe in dreams
so big that i

close my eyes_and_see
the reasons why

tell you somethin
i can't begin to try

take my time_and_hold_on
to testify

victory is_for_me
i qualify

'cause I believe ...
yes - I believe ...

[Verse 1 - doubt and uncertainty ... what do I do? ]

all up in the air
but it ain't hit the ground

better catch what u can
can u hear me now?

I grind, hustle, and flow
& never no-show

I say "gimme the dough"
but u say "uh oh"

4

"didn't cha know ..."
"... this was pro bono?"

under my breath
I be like "uh-oh"

then in my Astro voice
I be like "rut ro"

catch-22s
are a no-no

8

watch out (now)
for_Mr._So-and-so-so

art of the deal
pay on the low-low

then u stay rich
and I stay po-po

seen it comin'
_movin' in slo-mo

12

''bottom_line_tho
this poco loco

but I better_know
don't say "I know so"

keep_it_to_myself
and then I grow-grow

but lemme leave u alone
it's time to go-go

16

I still believe, right? ... but please help my unbelief

[Chorus]

i believe in dreams
so big that i

close my eyes_and_see
the reasons why

tell you somethin
i can't begin to try

take my time_and_hold_on
to testify

victory is_for_me
i qualify

'cause I believe ...
yes - I believe ...

[Verse 2 - persevere through headache and heartache - we will make our living through giving]

didn't write the book
but I told the tale

blood_sweat_and_so_many_tears
minus the detail

spent the best of my years
plannin' and schemin'

to spend the rest of my years
hopin' and dreamin'

4

faced the worst of my fears
kickin' and screamin'

now I switched up careers
podcastin'_streamin'

study war no more
but think like sun-tzu

know what i'm fightin' for
& share it with you ...

8

re'sume' say
'I only teach a "be-be"

'the games that "they" play
'make_way_out_of_no_way

this ain't for play-play
i do it for the payday

the family vacay
and the 401k

12

and so that I stay
"one foot out" so maybay

I have some say-say
'on_to-day_and_the_next_day

_detour_but_no_delay
'right_on_time_cause_I'm_gray

_and_just _a_l'il_cray-cray
to speak up for mi gente

16

'cause I believe ...

[Chorus]

i believe in dreams
so big that i

close my eyes_and_see
the reasons why

tell you somethin
i can't begin to try

take my time_and_hold_on
to testify

victory is_for_me
i qualify

'cause I believe ...
yes - I believe ...


About Derrick Brown (Standup Storyteller)


I am Keisha's husband, and Hannah's father.

I am a “standup storyteller.”

I fuse rap, spoken word (poetry), oration (traditional public speaking), singing, and teaching into messages of hope, healing, and change that I write, direct, and produce to help people who help people.

Everything must change - and stay changED.

Tradition begins and ends with change.

Change begins with me and the renewing of my mind ... then continues through efforts to effect small-group discipleship (equipping others to equip others) with audiences that respect and embrace mentoring, mediation, and problem solving as tools of change.

I am the product of my mentoring relationships, peacemaking (and peacekeeping), and problem-solving ability.

My education began when I finished school.

After school, I enrolled in a lifelong curriculum that includes classes in ministry, entrepreneurship, stewardship, literacy, numeracy, language, self-identity, self-expression, and analysis / synthesis.

My projects execute a ministry that has evolved from wisdom earned through lessons learned.

I want to share this wisdom to build teams of "triple threat" fellows - mentors, mediators, and problem solvers.

We will collaborate in simple, powerful ways that allow us to help people who help people.

I now know that power is work done efficiently (with wise and skillful use of resources, interests, communication, and expertise).

Copyright © 2019 Derrick  Brown. All Rights Reserved.


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