Poetry Reading: Courage, by Kenneth Clarke

Performed by Carina Cojeen

Get to know the poet:

1) What is the theme of your poem?

To stand alone against all odds is courage, we all fight our own battles, some with health, some in the mind, some with fate, and we generally all feel as if we fight these battles alone.

2) What motivated you to write this poem?

I am disabled after an accident and a stroke, I am fighting back and whilst I know there are many that are helping me, it feels like an uphill struggle that saps my strength and I need to remind myself it is not just my courage that will see me through but that of those around me helping me too.

3) How long have you been writing poetry?

For myself, since the early 80’s it has been my creative release.

4) If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?

Hans Christian Andersen

5) What influenced you to submit to have your poetry performed by a professional actor?

As a person with disabilities, I understand the importance of access for all, people who are sight impaired, dyslexic, or unable to read can still and should still enjoy access to poetry.

6) Do you write other works? scripts? Short Stories? Etc..?

Yes, I have 11 published books, some novels, some historical and some on Metaphysics, I am also compiling a book of Poetry at the moment with each poem associated with an original piece of Art by me Oil on Canvas. I have seven scripts for features and TV dramatic episodic which is under option.

7) What is your passion in life?

To write and to learn.

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.