Posts tagged ‘courage’

April 20, 2020

An Acrostic “HEROS” Limerick

by Joel Kravitz


real heros

After watching more news on television than I ever have in my life, I am appalled at how politics and political figures are dealing, or not dealing, with the pandemic in such self-serving ways. There have been some exceptions who have demonstrated decisive leadership, and, unfortunately, the news focuses on those that haven’t. But what we have seen everyday is the exceptional courage and determination of the actual boots-on-the-ground frontline “soldiers” battling the pandemic every minute of every day. They are and will be remembered as the real HEROS

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April 8, 2020


by HemmingPlay


Memory is the not-quite-living museum of our lives, and dusty.
You’re not sentenced to remain what you already are.
You may change, grow and split the hardened
carapace of a self that no longer fits,
and like the seven-year locust,
climb high into a tree and
claim your rebirth.
But first comes
mere courage
and risk.


January 29, 2020

Passion, Courage, Choice

by HemmingPlay

I have chosen to seek
each day the path of courage
and passion.
I fail, often.

I don’t
say this with bravado,
because I do not feel brave.
If I could choose something
easier, I would.
It never gets easier.

But to make the choice each day,
Each minute, to turn and
face the sadness and suffering,
of the world; the pain and joy,
each on it’s own terms
and not be defeated by it—
that is something that
must be chosen again,
and again, and again.
It is the job of poetry.
No compromises.

It is not a choice of pleasant fictions,
a diversion of entertaining nothingness;
nor like the fog of opium that
leaves us still breathing,
but dead.

Each night, darkness does not fall.
That is the wrong image.
Rather, when the earth spins away
from the sun, it rises up from the deep places
of the earth and the oceans, from
the caverns and the bottom of rivers and lakes and seas.
A deep exhalation.
A time for alternatives.

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January 28, 2020


by thereluctantpoet

By Nichole Sulpizio And Charles Robert Lindholm

She Heard The Door
Firmly Shut Behind Her
Then Slowly Turned Around
To Take A Final Look
As The Whisper From Her Heart

There Is No Going Back”

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February 21, 2018


by thereluctantpoet

By Charles Robert Lindholm

Teachers Taught Courage

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December 15, 2017

Make Me Believe

by Renwick Berchild

It is astonishment only that holds me;
you brandished your weakness, and tried to slay me,
and now you are bent in your knees.

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November 25, 2017


by thereluctantpoet

By Charles Robert Lindholm

I’ve lived with my fears

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November 4, 2017


by Venkat

ferry blood, nerves of steel
huddled boats of fear
pump blood, hearts of stone
into huddled boats of fear

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August 16, 2017


by thereluctantpoet

By Charles Robert Lindholm

Must we live with hate

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August 16, 2017

#28 POETRY =

by thereluctantpoet

By Charles Robert Lindholm


Poetry =

The truth

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July 29, 2017


by thereluctantpoet

By Charles Robert Lindholm


It takes real courage

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June 28, 2017

Courage (acrostic)

by Angela Umphers Rueger

Can I do the thing I ought? I wonder.
Only through Christ who strengthens me.
Until the task is done, pressing on
Relying on His strength

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February 26, 2017


by dokurtybitz

Even in the depths
Of human atrocities

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November 11, 2016

Everything, Moves

by Renwick Berchild

If something should happen you will overcome it.

Know that when you are told to be brave you are being asked to make a choice. Nothing will ever stop changing. That means you too. You will try to halt such things by connecting broad resemblances, and insist that truth is truth, like how a stone is a stone, and how a wing is a wing.

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August 4, 2016

The River of Time

by Morgan

The River of Time


Silence comes in Shadows and Rocky Pools

Where Light Reflects the Glimmering facets

Of Hope and Faith,

Courage Shimmering on the surface of the waters,

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June 17, 2016

It Takes Courage

by markfahmy


It takes courage to admit that the life you’re currently living isn’t making you any happier..
It takes courage to realise that your life is tailored to a size not your own..
It takes courage to notice that the path you’re walking through is not meant for you..
It takes courage to become aware that your inner values do not match the daily things you do..
It takes courage to finally stand up and admit that all the dreams you once had have fallen through..

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June 14, 2016

Deliberations at my Window

by Renwick Berchild

Little things
Hold together, dear atoms cling to form matter,
To form

This hair of mine,
These hands,
This breast,
This heart,
This mind.

Several mountains I have climbed and have never fallen,
Yet stumbled I have on a lone, poorly placed pebble.

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June 6, 2016

Unusual Trepidation

by Sandeep

He stood at a crossroad,
Where his reaction
At that moment
To the precarious situation,
Would decide the course
Of his life.

His instinct would
Make him do that
Which is predetermined,
But, something held
His usual response
This time.
Perhaps, an instant of satori,
A trice submerged in ponderation,
Had detained his action,
And brought an insight,
A realization.

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May 13, 2016

If We Run Fast We will Stumble

by Renwick Berchild

There is the sensing
Of darkness should I move, a
Bend I can not see beyond, a ruthless

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March 23, 2016

Big Hawk and Little Bird

by russtowne

Big Hawk and Little Bird

I stopped to watch a majestic hawk circle a tree

Which stood fifty feet in front of me

Then something tiny caught my eye

A flash of feathers streaked through the sky.

His wings beat so fast they blurred

As he flew into the larger bird

That was at least four times the size

Of that frantic little guy.

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March 18, 2016

The Devil’s Dance

by russtowne

The Devil’s Dance

Two armies were sent to war

Just to settle a score

By fools with crowns on their heads

Soon ten thousand men were dead.

In the middle of the fight

The bravest young knight

Raged, “Life has no chance

In this Devil’s Dance!

Only Death wins an unjust war!”

He flung his weapons down,

On the killing ground,

Uncurled his fist and took the great risk

Of extending his bloody hand.

The other man knew

He could cut him in two,

But sheathed the sword he bore.

That’s the fateful day when

Five thousand young men

Chose peace

And walked away.

With Love,


(C) Copyright 2016 Russ Towne

All Rights Reserved

October 16, 2015

Shattered In Time

by Karen

It’s been a while since I posted something on here. All of my postings go on to Instagram these days. This one is also on Instagram. Hope you like it.


Shattered in time

Splinters of worn down memories

Disseminate across a frictionless fantasy

Of past and present and future

Back and forth

Forth and back

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October 7, 2015

You Are

by Dorinda Duclos

You are the courage

That dwells in my spirit

Bringing me out of my shell

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January 12, 2015

~ White Feather ~

by A. L. O'Prunty


We teetered on the cusp;

Cupids dart striking heart strings
That quivered, quickened the senses
Stirring solitude of the soul

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October 19, 2014


by Venkat


as strange as it seems
a thought true, it deems
meaning of our strength
from a peace in length

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September 7, 2014

Cheshire Smiles

by Seafarrwide


By Wendy Norman (Seafarrwide)

Skin protects body the industrious factory of life

Wearing a mask my Cheshire smile

Hiding the dark corners of my mind 

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May 28, 2014


by Venkat

Fear and courage
Sides of the same cloth
Which side do we wear?

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April 30, 2014

If I Could

by russtowne


If I could, I’d hold you tight and whisper in your ear,

“You are safe, you are loved, I care, and I’m here.”

If I could, I’d help you find greater inner peace

From all your grief and torment I’d help you find release

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