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Amidst the stress and strains of life

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Amidst the stress and strains of life

Amidst the stress and strains of life rejoice
Don't fold now, you still can play the hand
Forget old rules, make a new paradigm for choice
The brail and vang is in your will's command

In your heart, just know your cause with God is right
The stakes for all is everything you are
Where your hands toil, work with all your might
And point the stern towards your homing star

Do not quit your dreams now, do not complain or cry
Stand boldly at the bow and keel against the wind
What matters if in the great struggle we die
We could not live forever anyhow, and still we win

For we have opened a path unopened before, and shew
Men how, for the world will after us in glory
But not behind the whimpering soul will any pursue
The grimacing shame of a coward's history.

Know whose you are, and who you are reclaim
For God made you in his image, and set your heart
To have dominion here, to replenish in the flame
Subdue the earth, now with honor do your part!

Tell winds and waves be still, tell the fire break
You have God's glory to your name, stand and fight
Do not quiver, let not the sun-centered rod shake
Day comes the morning after the darkest night. 

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  1. Date: 9/24/2010 1:09:00 PM
    Very insightful message that inspires the reader to take more control over their life. It's all about courage, tenacity and faith as we deal with society, isn't it, David? Thank you for reminding us that we have to take some responsibility for the direction in which our lives are heading and that we have the power to make changes. Another favorite for me, my friend. Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 9/24/2010 7:08:00 AM
    Nice write David, enjoyed your work today...Michael

  1. Date: 9/24/2010 6:43:00 AM
    Strong poem, good rhyme. Led me to think about struggles, not falling into despair. raskin