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#82399 - 02/13/04 11:30 PM Don't Quit!
crisispoint Offline

Registered: 09/24/03
Posts: 2154
Loc: Massachusetts
Don't Quit

Climbing the rockface with bare hands and feet.
Cuts and callus from a million tries.
A million times I pulled myself up this thing,
Only to fall back down.
And I've got the broken bones, bruises, and scars
To prove it.
The pressure mounts from an unseen voice
Screaming one thing in my ear:
Don't quit!
Don't EVER quit!
Well, Hell, I know the way
Just above the next ledge
Where I nearly lost a finger.
Body parts don't grow back
But flesh heals.
A little less strong than before.
But it's whole and it works.
Fear? Ah, yes, I know from fear.
The terror of just one more fall that can break
My neck, my back, my head.
Yet the path is so known to me.
And I hear the voice again.
Don't quit!
Don't EVER quit!
One more section, one more climb.
A moment's rest to put out the fire
In my arms and legs.
Drag in another breath and run up the granite.
No, not run. FLY!
Because I know I can do it.
I can reach the top!
And I thank the voice, which is silly
Because it came from within me.

Peace and love,


There are reasons I'm taking medication. They're called "other people." - Me, displaying my anti-social tendancies

#82400 - 02/14/04 12:45 AM Re: Don't Quit!
Ivanhoe Offline

Registered: 03/19/03
Posts: 1907

This is like those two quotes from Sir Winston Churchhill..."If you find yourself in hell, keep going." and, " Never, never, never give up."

Ya, what can I say, you're right up there with Sir Winny.

"No soul is desolate as long as there is a human being for whom it can feel trust and reverence."
George Eliot

#82401 - 02/14/04 12:51 AM Re: Don't Quit!
RICK57 Offline

Registered: 12/31/03
Posts: 1611
Scot - I like the way that you are putting your thoughts into words. What I really like is that you are also completing your poems with positive endings. I hope you keep writing this stuff - it seems such a good outlet for you and I for one enjoy reading what you produce!

Thanks ...Rik

*Never look down on anybody unless you're helping them up.
*I was seeking a way of expressing my anger - I found hope!
*There are many battles before the war is won! It can be won!

#82402 - 02/17/04 05:17 PM Re: Don't Quit!
Brayton Offline

Registered: 10/21/03
Posts: 696
Loc: Minneapolis
You are very fortunate, I think, to hear the voice. As you know, not all do. I think I have sort of taken it for granted when I have heard it--it was such a relief to regard it as natural and common--and have not celebrated it enough.

Sometimes, things just won't work the way we want them to.

#82403 - 02/18/04 01:45 AM Re: Don't Quit!
Bill_1965 Offline
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Registered: 06/29/03
Posts: 1986
Loc: Flint, Michigan

A reminder to keep climbing, desite the pain. Because, we can reach the mountain. The only way to make it to the summit is by not quitting.

"Quiters never win and winners never quit", and I am going to be a WINNER.


Pain is Temporary; Quitting lasts Forever. - Lance Armstrong


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