Stronger than you think

 

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YOU ARE STRONGER THAN YOU THINK

 To all my fellow care givers.

The day my dog got killed, right before my eyes,

The driver never even apologized

He just got out his shovel and scooped up the guts.

“Don’t cry, kid,” he said, “You are stronger than you think.”

Came the day the teacher took out his leather strap,

“Hold out your hand,” and gave me seven whacks.

I cried until an older girl called Helen came;

She said, “Listen kid, “you are stronger than you think.”

The schoolyard bully threw a rock, got me on the head,

Next day he pushed me hard and hit me on the mouth.

I asked him why, he said he didn’t like my face.

I cried until I heard, “You are stronger than you think.”

I went to summer camp, supposed to meet new friends,

But when I was learning how to swim the crawl,

Someone held me under until I lost my cool.

Scout Master said to me, “You are stronger than you think.”

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You struggle as you care for dad,

You feel defeat, you fight despair,

Although you think you’re far too weak,

Think again, “You’re stronger than you think.”

Your mother’s gone awandering,

Perhaps she’s had another spell

And you’re not feeling very well.

No odds, you’re stronger than you think.”

So now when I am feeling down

I hear my dear friend Helen’s voice,

And it serves to calm me down,

“Don’t worry kid, you’re stronger than you think.”

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Well…

So it doesn’t rhyme.
Neither does life.
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Judge at 6th Rabindrinath Tagore Awards – International – English Poetry Contest
Author of Ann, A Tribute, and Chasing a Butterfly, A story of love and loss to Acceptance

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