Born one year behind me
From day one you were my protégé
You mimicked me to a tee in everything I did
and inherited many of my ways
I remember when I watered the grass with Granddad
And you wanted to do it too
What’d I say? “Nary, you’re old enough yet.”
And you reminded me so many times, “I’m only a year younger than you!”
Fast forward about five years,
Now I’m in middle school.
I tell you all about the wonders of sixth grade
And you can’t wait for them to happen to you.
Then I graduate from middle school
And next up is you
With all of us by your side, you did it
We all knew you had it in you
See bro, I figured it out that day
All you needed was a push
You had the potential all along
Had everything that it took
Grandma pushed you more than anybody
She gave you the incentive for that drive
She made you strong and wise
Gave you everything you needed to survive
But you got a little big headed
You started believing your own press
You left her there, you were the last one to go
Mom’s place was next.
I warned you, little bro.
I tried to tell you how bad it could go.
I had gone through the same with my pops.
You should’ve trusted me to know.
But you were adamant on leaving
And I, of all people, wouldn’t stand in you way
But when Grandma left and you were the last to cry
I’ll never forget that day
But aside from that
You made your bed and now you have to lie in it
But that doesn’t give you any excuse brother
There’s one last thing I need you to mimic
You’re the third child
And the next in line
Me and Dee got our cap and gowns.
Now it’s your time.
I know it’s hard.
School sucks and it isn’t for everybody.
But believe me bro, it’s worth it.
Without an education, life is rocky.
So mimic me one more time man
Use me as your inspiration
Get that degree & wear that crown
So I can remember the day of my little brother’s Graduation
And when you’ve done it and you’re on your way.
Don’t stress man, I got you covered.
Cause as long as I live on this Earth,
No one’s ever gonna hurt my little brother.
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