With strength human beings survive
Enduring myriad hostilities roaming
On a land receiving our existence.
With strength survivors evolve, adapt
To their surroundings ingeniously moulding
Utensils apt to assist our settling, build
With strength rules are written defiance
Punished, to give civilisation a prospect
Allowing our development, a conscious
With strength rise courage and audacity
Curiosity guiding man to new horizons
Discoveries getting us acquainted
With a beguiling world.
With strength the senseless sin, hectoring
Neighbours, high-handedness allowing
The delirious outpour of envy and greed
Leading us by fear.
With strength comes power to extend
Culture beliefs resources and knowledge
Over people eager to learn and exchange
Wisdoms and ideas.
With strength comes faculty to govern, instil
Misrepresented values ambiguous ambitions
One-sided interests over populations ruled
Conquered through murder.
With strength responsibility is bestowed
Upon us to cogitate ponder and act, live our lives
With moral dignity according to a spirit
[Featured photograph: Strength of Ballet by artist unknown]