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Swallowing My Pride

Updated on March 6, 2017

When I took the most shunned girl in our school to the prom, I swallowed my pride,

Standing tall beside her, despite the giggles and the pointed fingers, couldn't hide.

When I broke my leg on that field, ate dirt for a month, the smug, tried to preside,

Injured my spine, got left behind, no more games to play, when my inner self died.

When I lost my job because a friend brought fishing line, bobber, and hooks,

As he ran to a pond to catch fish, while we strung wire, got all the bad looks.

The boss spotted him to catch a fat brim, as I stood by, there was no escape,

Swallowed my pride, as both got fired, his dad saved his job, did so aggravate.

When I rode a big bus to junior college eighty miles away, almost every day,

Was turned down by the military, because of my scars, too ashamed to say.

Wore the same pants, and short sleeved shirt, all week long, without any pay,

Swallowed my pride, later to teach in school, so far away, I didn't want to stay.

I swallowed my pride, no place to hide, as cancer surgery had so disabled me,

Then to quit, that was it, could no longer teach or hold down any job, you see.

Several years went by, for me again, to try, the answer, for my pride, was why,

I did very well, then all could tell, I didn't give up, all agree, we must always try.

Sometimes when we give in, not make attempts, my friend, we lose out on life,

Every day that goes by, for many, to cry, because of the stresses, of such strife.

There's a strength held within, this message to send, even to swallow our pride,

Take heart and march ahead, despite the worry or dread, of this truth, to confide.


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    • whonunuwho profile image

      whonunuwho 9 months ago from United States

      Yes, but haven't we all. I count my blessings whenever possible. Blessings to you and family. whonu

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      Shauna L Bowling 9 months ago from Central Florida

      It sounds like you've been through a lot, whonu.

    • whonunuwho profile image

      whonunuwho 10 months ago from United States

      Thank you my friend and blessings to you and family. whonu

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      manatita44 10 months ago from london

      You started well, the plot was carefully woven and ended inspirational. Awesome! Great message or insight for all!

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      whonunuwho 10 months ago from United States

      Yes, my friend. I really appreciate your kind remarks and am so inspired when you do so. Blessings to you and family. whonu

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      Bill Holland 10 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I think you speak for many of us, my friend. Pride can, and will, be the downfall of many. It's a lesson I had to learn the hard way, of course.