Poetry Corner

By Shelley Sawyer

Greetings to the reader. The selection for this issue is one that I memorized in high school. That was a long time ago, and I really did not think I would find it when I went searching. I was poetry hunting, trying to decide what would work. I had no idea who had written the poem. I typed in a line or two and, wow – there it was. (Isn’t technology wonderful)? Not only did I find this little inspirational poem, but I also learned that there is some controversy about who actually wrote it. I found the same poem credited to two authors. I figuratively flipped a coin and chose the one below. Enjoy…

Don’t Quit
By Alice Enzie Zimmerman?
Written in 1948

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
when the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
when funds are low and the debts are high,
and you want to smile but you have to sigh,
when care is pressing you down a bit,
rest if you must, but don’t you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
as every one of us sometimes learns,
and many a failure turns about
when we might have won had we stuck it out.
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow,
you may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than
it seems to a faltering man.
Often the struggler has given up
when he might have captured the winner’s cup.
and he learned too late when the night slipped down
how close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out,
the silver lining in the clouds of doubt
and you can never tell how close you are –
it may be near when it seems afar.
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit,
it’s when things seem worst that you mustn’t quit.

For we know the Father above looks down,
He sees our struggles and holds the crown.
He knows the way though it’s rough and drear,
He will give strength so we need not fear.
He offers to you the refreshing cup
of the water of life; then in faith look up.
continue on ‘til the crown is won
which he will give when our work is done!