Read Poem: Courage, by Jonny Bustamante- Clarke

To stand when all around you fall,
To be, when and wherever the call,
To fight when all the rest have failed,
Against the storm, alone you sailed.

When it’s not perfect but still you stand,
Alone like a rock in the shifting sand,
Especially when you have the weaker card,
Because it’s tough, because it’s hard.

Despite outrageous misfortunes guile,
You stand firm with a sardonic smile,
Knowing that your race is run,
And all around you excuses spun.

Of why this task was a fool’s errand sure,
No hope, no way, no how, yet you endure,
Strength comes from within or, so they say,
By those to effort, lip service pay.

Strength, hope and courage come from above,
As do kindness, compassion and love,
It takes all these things to stand your ground,
When all around you to the exits pound.

To hold your head up high,
When the storm clouds fill the sky,
When alone in the dark and cold,
You stand up straight you stand there bold.

These things, are what maketh man,
To show compassion when you can,
To act in kindness to the weak,
In God, your glory for to seek.

When all around you doubt and scorn,
When your patience is tattered, and worn,
When at you, the world would deride,
Tis God that stands alone at your side.

So, courage is not the act of standing all strong,
And courage is not beating the weak to come along,
Courage is not the strongest stand,
Courage is taking Gods open hand.

Courage means to serve and to guide,
To lead the meek, the boastful to chide,
Courage means the path to blaze and light,
When all around you have no sight.

But think not, that this is a new or impossible task,
For courage is not found at the bottom of an alcohol flask,
An example of courage both faithful and true,
Just look to what the Christ did for you.


Author: poetryfest

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