Courage

Courage

Pull yourself back up
When knocked down
Keep smiling
Although your heart is breaking
Never wearing a frown

Hold back the tears
Never let them see you sweat
Choose your battles
Aware of what you can win
Always appear to be the threat

Get the attention
of those you fear most
Be a warrior
Don’t let them knock you
from pillar to post

Know when to concede
If your fervor can cause damage
There’s always tomorrow
Try again then
If it’s the best you can manage

Primal and ferocious
Is only half of the task
Courage and kindness
Is needed
Underneath that mask

Christine Bolton – Poetry for Healing ©

In response to D’verse Poets – Because, Because, Because

I chose the Cowardly Lion for my inspiration.

 

Follow Poetry For Healing on WordPress.com

  26 comments for “Courage

  1. August 21, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    Nice last stanza.

    • Christine Bolton
      August 21, 2018 at 5:57 pm

      Thanks Frank. Your comments are always welcome 😊

  2. August 21, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    Well done – sounds like you are the voice of Oz.

    • Christine Bolton
      August 21, 2018 at 7:26 pm

      You’re so kind. Thank you again 😊

  3. August 21, 2018 at 7:57 pm

    Wise words about courage, especially adding kindness to the mix.

    • Christine Bolton
      August 21, 2018 at 8:14 pm

      Thank you! Yes, if you can’t be kind, you can’t be anything 😊

  4. August 21, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    I love the courage and kindness underlying it all! Anyone can roar! Not everyone has compassion to go along with it!

    • Christine Bolton
      August 21, 2018 at 9:43 pm

      Thank you so much for your kindness 😊

      • August 21, 2018 at 10:06 pm

        You are welcome!

  5. August 21, 2018 at 11:16 pm

    I love how your words walk us through the aspects of a courageous fight.

    • Christine Bolton
      August 22, 2018 at 9:37 am

      Thank you Astrid 😊

  6. August 21, 2018 at 11:40 pm

    This is a tale of courage.

    • Christine Bolton
      August 22, 2018 at 9:37 am

      Thank you Reena 😊

  7. August 22, 2018 at 1:21 am

    Only Virtue i WiLL
    Suggest as
    Far As
    Courage
    oF A LioN
    Goes Without
    heART oF Tears iN SPiRiT
    A Lion Will Never Be Truly Strong
    oR Love
    Or
    Even
    FuLL WiSDoM oF SouL..:)

  8. August 22, 2018 at 2:13 am

    Love the last stanza. Courage.

    • Christine Bolton
      August 22, 2018 at 8:58 am

      Thank you Susan 😊

  9. August 22, 2018 at 2:28 am

    Inspirational lines:
    ‘Primal and ferocious
    Is only half of the task
    Courage and kindness
    Is needed
    Underneath that mask’.

    • Christine Bolton
      August 22, 2018 at 8:57 am

      Thank you so much Kim 😊
      If not, one is just a bully!

  10. August 22, 2018 at 12:25 pm

    Inspirational last stanza! Well done.

    • Christine Bolton
      August 22, 2018 at 1:27 pm

      Thank you Eugenia! 😊

      • August 23, 2018 at 3:59 pm

        😉

  11. August 22, 2018 at 12:56 pm

    This is so well written.

    • Christine Bolton
      August 22, 2018 at 1:28 pm

      Oh my gosh, thank you so much for the compliment. 😊💕

      • August 22, 2018 at 1:43 pm

        You are so welcome Christine. ❤️

  12. August 22, 2018 at 8:42 pm

    Wise counsel, spoken with keen wit!

    • Christine Bolton
      August 22, 2018 at 9:53 pm

      Thank you Frank! 😊

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: