Johnny Cade

Protected by violence yet martyred because he saved
that was the life of young Johnny Cade
Beaten by his father and ignored by his mother
Johnny gave his life so that he could save others

Johnny needed the greasers and the greasers needed him
their violent actions were not considered sin
because he served purpose, gave their hatred a spark
actions and intentions, all very dark

Johnny’s life ended in sacrifice and a demand for peace
The purpose he showed demonstrated at least
That strength and courage in many forms strange
Can reflect on others and have others make change