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When you are in the middle of critics
And not a  single soul believes you
When the whole world thinks you are a liar
Can you stand up for the truth?

When failure stares at you
When anguish, sorrow and pain confront you
When storms tear you asunder
Do you still follow your dream?

When there is a steep mountain to climb
And your legs are weak and tired
When the slope is slippery and arduous
Do you lose sight of your goal?

When this body is shrieking in agony
And the final moment nears
When the last breath is seeping out
Can you smile and face death?

Courage is not bravado
You don’t have to shout and roar
It is that little voice within you
That constantly guides you

© copyright skm,  April 21st, 2011

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  1. April 21, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    What you say is true. Thank you!

  2. April 22, 2011 at 2:32 am

    Hi Matt – thanks:)

  3. April 22, 2011 at 2:33 am

    Hi LeRoy – thanks:)

  4. April 22, 2011 at 4:57 am

    Powerful thoughts…courage is doing the right thing even if you earn brickbats…liked this. Thanks for visiting.

    • April 22, 2011 at 5:06 am

      Hi Rekha – You are welcome. Thanks for your comment:)

  5. Priya
    April 23, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    This is one of those things I’d like to come back to whenever I need a pick-me-up, Sajeev. Thank you.

  6. June 12, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    this is really a awesome concept of conscience …when i read this i just remembered my poem on the same concept ….& wondered how the thoughts differs as the person differs with same concept..

    just check out my poem ” you are the one who opened my eyes”

  7. August 9, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    When you are in the middle of critics
    And not a single soul believes you
    When the whole world thinks you are a liar
    Can you stand up for the truth?

    my answer is yes, in an not so offensive way.

  8. August 9, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    Well done. Youo’ve described this trait well.

  9. August 10, 2011 at 3:11 am

    Thought-provoking indeed.

    Nicely done!

    I’m here:
    The Breath Of Happiness

  10. September 10, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    The second last stanza is my favourite – though all are extremely powerful. Thank you for sharing :)!

  11. September 11, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    As a non-confrontational person, I find this extremely difficult, but so necessary. Wonderfully done 🙂

  12. September 11, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    So nicely done and so heart warming this is a poem that I will book mark and come back and read again thank you

  13. anjum wasim dar
    September 12, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Good questions well constructed lines.Make one think about the reality.

  14. September 13, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    I especially like the last stanza of this poem. It would make a great first stanza for another one.

  15. Len Kamei
    September 18, 2011 at 5:15 am

    I love the second to last stanza, though I thoroughly love the whole poem. Quite inspirational.


  16. November 30, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    beautiful thoughts, you make us think.

  17. November 30, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    I absolutely adore the last stanza; I can relate very much to this, and you’ve conveyed the emotion well.

  18. February 6, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    lovely wonders…

    glad to have you share.

  19. February 7, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    So right you are.

  20. February 7, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    brilliant poem,

    keep your talent coming.

  21. February 8, 2012 at 7:18 am

    This is awesome – so profound – really touched my soul.

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