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Courage If You Will; Yourself, Be Kind - a Poem

Updated on May 3, 2014
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"Courage If You Will; Yourself, Be Kind"


You’ve given up strength, already you’re weak

You hide in the darkest shadows, already you’re veiled of fear

You’d want to aim for it, but anxious it is a trick

It’s there for you but you won’t even get near.


Your heart is a grenade, heat intensifies

Far beyond the horizon, nothing is aligned

Your rumblings old and new, a costly vise

Courage if you will; Yourself, be kind.


You’ve given up early, a race withdrawn in a hurry

Silently, you retreated from saving a war

You condemned yourself before a jury

A shadow of doubt is greater than a scar.


Your style, your talents, desires mastered

But you close doors to praises and critics combined

A promise, a dream ‘til your glow receded

Courage if you will; Yourself, be kind.


You want to be carried, already you are small

Walk the paths of rocks and mud, stumble and rise

Polish your rustic bones, straighten them tall

It’s in your eyes to seize, outshine, and be wise.


Life’s a labyrinth, a chamber, a maze

Restless to be free, to survive, doubts buried behind

You feared not, faced the storm, won a race

By God’s illuminating grace you survived.


Courage you had; Yourself, you had been kind.

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      Redberry Sky 5 years ago

      A wonderful and quietly strong poem. I love the rhythm and the gentle uplifting denoumenr of the final line.

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Hi tobusiness! Thanks and tight hugs to you!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Beautiful poem, strong message.

      Just awesome.

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Hi teaches12345! It's nice to have you visit again. You are a warrior too, aren't you? I guess we have to be for us and for our children, for our families. We carry a shield daily. It is heavy but it gives us the strength to encourage ourselves to keep carrying it for we are fighters and protectors of each of our families. It is easy to say "I quit" or "Whatever" but these words don't give a special meaning to life.

      Thank you for your words. Love ya!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Powerful message! I visualize the warrior who does not let anything hinder her from the mission.

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Hi picklesandrufus! Nice name! Thanks for stumbling by! Hope this poem sends a message out to the ones close to giving up their hopes and dreams. Love to you! :)

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Dear Billybuc, thanks so much for your heartening words. There are so many great men and women out there and they have become great because they don't give up easily. I was in high school when I wrote this before graduating. Hope it will give some inspiration to the young ones too.

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      picklesandrufus 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      Wow, a beautifully emotional and powerful hub.Vote up...way up!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I gravitate towards the fighters in the world and you, young lady, are a fighter. Great hub with a dynamic message.

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Hi Cris! No, I am not about to give up anything, hehe! I was browsing through my poem compilations since high school days and here it is...one of my old stuff. :)

      Thanks! Peace and love to you too!

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      You, courageous woman deserves a round of applause for this hub! I wonder what's in your heart while crafting this? Certainly not about to give up, eh? Awesome hub! Peace and love to you coffeegginmyrice.

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Gypsy Rose Lee, I agree with you that faith and courage go hand-in-hand. He won't let us down, and we need patience too...a lot of it. Thanks, Gypsy Rose!

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Thank you Debbie for sharing it on "Prayer" page on Facebook! I'm flattered by the gesture. Big smiles!

      Love, Tess

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      this beautiful written and what a wonderful poem.. God Bless you for writing it.. sharing on prayer page on facebook

      Debbie

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. At the most trying times we need courage to go on but especially during war time. God is always not far away and if we have faith in Him that alone is all we need to be courageous. Loved this and the pics. God bless.