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Getting Up

February 13, 2010
By DaniW PLATINUM, New Bern, North Carolina
DaniW PLATINUM, New Bern, North Carolina
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Favorite Quote:
People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within.
By Elisabeth Kuebler-Ross

Heartbreaking defeat
Because I had admitted it
Accepted it, embraced it even
Crashed on the floor
A pitiful heap of dark despair
I didn’t put up a single fight
I was my own demise
For I hadn’t lost anything
I’d merely surrendered
Lost hope
The word flashed through my mind
Along with others just as accusing
Coward, deserter, weakling, loser
Worst of all: traitor
Giving up I had betrayed myself
My wishes, my confidence, my heart
I knew how bad I wanted this
How much I truly desired it
I was meant to dance
“Find inside what you’re meant to be”
My teachers word echoed through my head
Lifting up my chin
My resolved somewhat strengthening
I whispered “don’t bailout”
Sitting up and continuing, but louder
Louder and I was standing
Louder and with more force
The remembered words consumed my fears
They joined with my renewed determination
Together they empowered me
Digging deeper inside
I found I could this
I could do this, I could do this
I will dance

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