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Coward of a Man:

You stand there whinin', cryin' crocodile tears and playin' victim.
Ye eyes demand pity, but yer lips are spewin' nothin' but lies.
Flowery speeches o' harmony and unification;
It's bollocks and snake-oil I say!

I ask ye, as someone who aspires t' be a leader:
What exactly are ye worth?
Who exactly are ya, and what in th' bloody hell makes you worth followin'?

Now I've watched ye fer a long time, and I've known ye fer even longer -
Ye always stand there beggin', askin' us fer help, askin' fer a handout;
But yer hands are clean, uncalloused, and completely free from sweat or toil.
Instead, ye make us promises; promises as empty as air and about half as useful!

In the end, here ye are again, callin' fer our unification, callin' fer togetherness.
Isn't that just yer own way of hidin' behind the labour and efforts of others?
While we stand out in th' front, ye sit behind and give us speeches,
Ye tell us that we're comin' together fer the good of us all.
Yet, the only one I see benefittin' is the coward inside of ya...

But what happens when we turn away? When we choose t' ignore th' man -
When we decide we've had enough and we block our ears
From the fool who continued to cry wolf.
Well, there come ye tears again; and the tantrums; and the pleas,
Didn't ye grow out o' that as a child?
Or perhaps ye mum didn't raise ye right enough t' be a man.

Well - I say enough o' this, enough o' listenin'
Fer the only leader worth respectin' is someone who leads by example.
If ye want t' show someone the way, then don't use yer pretty words.
Show us - show us by action, that this is th' way t' get things done.

A man's worth may not be measured in the size of his muscles, his purse or his mind;
But let it be measured by the strength of his heart and the size of his courage.
The first man bears the most danger, because he knows he might be the first t' die.
But he also knows that he's got th' skill t' survive, and hopefully,
He'll be th' one t' lead us home...

The man who walks in front rarely does it fer glory.
Instead, he chooses his path so that no one else has t' die -
And that me friend, is the true worth of a man.
Measured not by reckless boastin',
But by a quiet acceptance of his own fate, his own skill and his own place...

-Chen Yuan Wen, 23rd Oct 2012
Arrr maties,

Yer favourite pirate Captain be back on th' high seas...and what do I see on me first day o' comin' back:

Cowards and whiners, slackers and ne'er-do-wells. A couple of whom have posted some very angry rants on DA because apparently they feel disadvantaged, since we're not takin' th' time t' give em a handout and stroke their self-esteem.

I mean first of all these individuals, decide to ask DA fer 'help' and then they sit and wait and do nothing t' promote their job advertisement. Had they obtained a college degree in commerce with just one unit in marketing 101, they would've realised that the world is such that ye have t' make people aware. After awareness, comes INCENTIVES. What reason do they have t' follow someone who's unproven and untested? That'd be the same as a gamble and most people aren't gamblers...

Essentially, here is what was wrong with their "Recruitment":
1. No directions and no specifications were given.
2. No pay (if its free expect the lowest quality individuals to respond unless you have something more t' offer).
3. They talked down t' the very same people they were tryin' t' recruit by claiming they could help launch them or suggest that a collaborative publishing effort would be possible. Most people knew it was a scam t' get cheap labour right from th' start.

Now, after their little tirade and unsuccessful recruitment drive, a couple (it was more than one) of these bandits decided that they should rant about "popular " artists and claim that we're somehow too entrenched in th' market.

Matie, have ye listened to yerself? First o' all, popularity isn't instantaneous, nor is it gained overnight. The hours we spend here in doing market research, consumer taste preference surveys, not to mention the other hours spent tryin' and experimentin' with new ideas and writing styles...it all adds up.

If yer unwilling t' give up th' time t' do something worthwhile and if yer unwilling t' put effort into yer public relations. Then of course nothing will work out.

Now then, time fer me own experiment. If anyone read this far down me little rant, then I want t' see how much 'popularity' counts for. Ergo, I will post a similar request to what the whiny artist requested and see how many respond (respond via note).

What I need ye all t' "help" me with, is t' design some cute chibis of Chenbeard the pirate, either doin' somethin', fightin' somethin', or just bein' in a settin' or place. Humour is appreciated and if its good I'll use as a cover fer me poem with FULL CREDIT given t' the artist.

Now let's sit back and see how many respond. Me bet be on one, maybe three :3.

-Captain Chenbeard o' the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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Coward of a Man by ~WordOfChen ( Suggested by TruthisTruth and Featured by BeccaJS )
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tonygutierrez Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
oigan estoi disiendo esto desde ase 4 años loke pasaria cuando dios viene a darle su mensaje 
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madameshadowenn Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Hi there! I'm Jasmine, a staff blogger from :iconpoeticalcondition:. Just to let you know I've featured your piece in this journal: poeticalcondition.deviantart.c…
It's a round-up of all of our members who have received a DLD or DD over the past 9 days, so please do check it out!
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Professional Writer
Thank you kindly ^^

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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madameshadowenn Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You're very welcome!
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Sammur-amat Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013   General Artist
congratulations on the DD! :happybounce:
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deathdog394 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
congrats on the DD

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tonygutierrez Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
<font><font>buno muchas grasias por su atension pero tengo pruevas de q e realisado profecias puedo consegir el nomvre i todo por eskrito aki i en estados unidos</font></font>
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Louderland Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyIeec…
TRILLIUM - COWARD
This reminds me of this song :)
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz::iconflyingheartsplz: :clap::clap::clap:
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PicsAndPixels Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I swear, it's like you wrote this specifically for this guy that used to date me T-T He lied about nearly everything, and hurt others and myself over and over again, but apologized so profusely that I couldn't help but forgive him. . . Still, eventually, I learned that he had indeed been lying to me time and again and covering up those lies with more lies. It was the final straw when my brother and I found some. . . gross and disturbing things on his computer while cleaning it; and I broke up with him.
Even afterwards, he promised to change, and to take care of me, and make things better like he swore he would and I was an idiot to believe a single word. He broke his promises, my trust, and my heart time after time, but I continued to believe him and trust in him because he begged me to do so. How could I say no? I'm not heartless. Still, over time, the promises brought less impact and I was left in the dark about everything. It was uncomfortable, awkward, and even frightening to be around him, but I couldn't figure out why. So I just ignored those thoughts and just focused on what was good in him. Every time he asked if I would go out with him again, and I said "no" or "I need to think about it" he got angrier and angrier at me and even screamed at me once when we were in the basement. I don't remember ever being that afraid of a human being. Even my father. I learned from our friends that he was making up lies about me behind my back, about how I had a hard time trusting people, and about making fun of him for being who he is inside. Just feeding this growing fire in me that wanted to explode and scream at his face for what he was doing to me! How could he do that to me?! How could he even say those things knowing that not a single thing was true?! He told our friends that I lied about him when I tried to ask them for help and tell them what he was doing to me. He was shifting the poles so that it looked like I was the aggressor and he was the victim. It made me sick what he did to me, but I've had some time to heal ever since he moved away to a different state to go fend off of a different family who was having enough problems without him coming into their lives. :(  It's a very, very slow process, but I'm slowly getting back the sunshine he stole from me, and earning my zest for life back again. I wish I had never met him at all. Even if my first few months with him were really sweet and innocent. . .
Sorry for the long letter ^ ^; It just really spoke to me! Thank you so much for writing it <3
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crimsonrain19 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist
May u feel better :D as did i with this letter :) 
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PicsAndPixels Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I swear, it's like you wrote that specifically for this guy I know who used to date me. T-T He lied about nearly everything, and hurt others and myself over and over again, but apologized so profusely that I couldn't help but forgive him. . . Still, eventually, I learned that he had indeed been lying to me time and again and covering up those lies with more lies. It was the final straw when my brother and I found some. . . gross and disturbing things on his computer while cleaning it; and I broke up with him.
Even afterwards, he promised to change, and to take care of me, and make things better like he swore he would and I was an idiot to believe a single word. He broke his promises, my trust, and my heart time after time, but I continued to believe him and trust in him because he begged me to do so. How could I say no? I'm not heartless. Still, over time, the promises brought less impact and I was left in the dark about everything. It was uncomfortable, awkward, and even frightening to be around him, but I couldn't figure out why. So I just ignored those thoughts and just focused on what was good in him. Every time he asked if I would go out with him again, and I said "no" or "I need to think about it" he got angrier and angrier at me and even screamed at me once when we were in the basement. I don't remember ever being that afraid of a human being. Even my father. I learned from our friends that he was making up lies about me behind my back, about how I had a hard time trusting people, and about making fun of him for being who he is inside. Just feeding this growing fire in me that wanted to explode and scream at his face for what he was doing to me! How could he do that to me?! How could he even say those things knowing that not a single thing was true?! He told our friends that I lied about him when I tried to ask them for help and tell them what he was doing to me. He was shifting the poles so that it looked like I was the aggressor and he was the victim. It made me sick what he did to me, but I've had some time to heal ever since he moved away to a different state to go fend off of a different family who was having enough problems without him coming into their lives. :(  It's a very, very slow process, but I'm slowly getting back the sunshine he stole from me, and earning my zest for life back again. I wish I had never met him at all. Even if my first few months with him were really sweet and innocent. . .
Anyway, I'm sorry for this really long letter, but this poem really spoke to me! ^ ^; Thank you very much for writing it <3
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Spirit-Seer-of-Water Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This was very strong and inspirational. I also really like how you wrote in the dialect. Great job!
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doubleyah Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013   General Artist
Ah. A rant about ranting.
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neurotype Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yorkshire, eh?
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HeyImNatalia Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
About the chibi thing- I would, but I can't draw... I fancy myself more of a writer :shrug:
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Erozja Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
Congrats on DD! :hug: :la:
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dagoth-jeff Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I don't understand the random mixture of ya, ye and you.
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SkeletonsBasements Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Pirate word choice :nod:
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Schneefuechsin Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconcongratsddplz:
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JameytheHedgehog Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Student General Artist
*Sends this back in time to myself from about a year ago*
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
    Congrats on the DD! :dalove:
    Have a nice day! :heart:
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xlntwtch Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013   Writer
:iconcongratsddplz: ...You told a fine story and kept the narrator's voice intact; the accent is just great. So is the message. Thanks.
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coldabsolute Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
so by accepting your fate you can know what a man is worth, fate is where your actions will take you in the and but the way you'll get there is the one you come to decide, tho I do agree with you in what it takes to be a leader but a man will determine how he'll get there, may be good or may be bad, but if he is truly committed to it we could have a great son of a bitch or hero who lives long enough to become the villan
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bittersweetchoco Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I usually read the description first before the poem, lol
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girlwhowrites Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I read all of the rant, and I would help with the chibi designs, but unfortunately, I can barely draw a decent stick figure. :hmm: This is great, love the accent. ^^
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LivingInMyThoughts Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
I like your rant. :)
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augumon05 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
A spartan with a pirate way of talking. not much more to be said by me at least.
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cosmosgrl19 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional Writer
Thank ye fer enjoyin it ^^

-Captain Chenbeard o' the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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JangoFettX Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
What you say is really smart....but its kind of hard to take it seriously, or at least not laugh out loud while reading your pirate accent XD
Seriously though, good job!
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional Writer
Oh that's alright, me pirate accent sounds kinda like a more roguish version o' William Wallace from Braveheart, tha' was th' kind o' atmosphere I was tryin' t' generate xD Guess it didn't work out well, but still, me thanks to ye fer readin' me work ^^

-Captain Chenbeard o' the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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FirstAndLastMen Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Dang. Reality check time. This hits like a slap in the face for poets in general. This could be viewed as an attack on poets who make poems about subjects instead of Doing suff.
"Well - I say enough o' this, enough o' listenin'
Fer the only leader worth respectin' is someone who leads by example.
If ye want t' show someone the way, then don't use yer pretty words.
Show us - show us by action, that this is th' way t' get things done."

Was this deliberately made like this?
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional Writer
Well it wasn't an attack I can assure ya. Rather, I was just really pissed off because of one whiner who decided t' say that us 'popular' folk have things easy. Instead they're dead wrong, we can't just release anything we feel like, we have to demonstrate consistency in our skill and to keep reinventin' ourselves.

However th' lines were indeed designed with a pirate accent in mind, more because I felt it was th' right kind o' accent t' use.

Like I said though, this wasn't fer poets, this was for the whiners. Whiners aren't limited t' literature, most are in fact artists. I find literature folk t' be more hard workin' probably because we aren't noticed as much

-Captain Chenbeard o' the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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FirstAndLastMen Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
i can sympathise.
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Bullcross Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Is this a new style? Abandoning clear speech and moving to pirate? ;'d
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional Writer
Yeeeee-no xD Sorry lad, I only be talkin' pirate in comments and such. I just wanted t' use the accent because Braveheart style speeches are the best fer this sort o' thing. That said, me piece t'day will be in proper english, so ye don't need t' worry ^^

-Captain Chenbeard o' the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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Bullcross Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I am not worried, am just asking ;'d
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DemonRaily Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
I would say my opinion about this, but unfortunately I was forbidden from criticizing cowards...
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional Writer
Well yer welcome t' say what ye like, hardly anyone would worry =P

-Captain Chenbeard o' the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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DemonRaily Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
It's just that I am a massive coward myself, so dissing on my brothers and sister in cowardice would be a bit low, no?
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional Writer
Not really, takes quite a lot o' guts t' even admit me. I used to be one too, till I got tired of other people leadin' so I decided I'd do it till someone better came along...I'm still waiting .___.

-Captain Chenbeard o' th' Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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Spagettimoon Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I like yer accent in thus!
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional Writer
I'm glad to see ye like it :3

-Captain Chenbeard o' the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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i-am-a-retro-lass Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
interesting viewpoint. In my opinion, there are seven billion and more very unique individual human beings on this planet and each one is an unfathomable abyss of untapped potentials that are all evolving to connect with each other to create something greater than themselves and can therefore not be categorized or labelled. xx
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