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  Be Strong
by Charles B. Neff
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Rated "G" by the Author.

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When life's ship hit rough waters - very rough waters - I awoke to what was going on and discovered that my hand had been placed on the tiller almost without my knowing it. Why me?


                     Be Strong
There’s a loneliness in staying strong,
And it doesn’t come from the weight of the load.
Somehow you find ways not to crumble,
But there’s no relief from doubt.
How can you be seen as strong
When you doubt the very existence
Of the strength you’re supposed to have?
What is strength anyway?
Just getting up, facing the new day,
Shaky, but willing to deal with what comes?
Doesn’t each of us do that
If we’re to survive at all?
Or is it lending an ear
And offering advice when asked,
Even when the words from your mouth
Seem preposterously thin?
What have you done to make things better,
You ask, when there’s no proof either way?
The evidence around you says
That there are no guarantees,
But have you made the mistake
Of implying that there are?
Get help for yourself you are told,
And you seek it. You talk to friends
Who may be wiser and read books
Chocked full of confident truths.
But still you tote your private thoughts,
Your clock the setting and the rising sun.
You shamble along, hoping it’s forward,
Peering hazily toward some vague goal.
You properly square your shoulders.
You stumble on a poem and you write it.
Charles B. Neff




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Reviewed by Gene Williamson 10/27/2010
To be so strong! Great poem, Charles. Love this line:
"Your clock the setting and the rising sun." .gene.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 10/23/2010
You properly square your shoulders.
You stumble on a poem and you write it.

I concur, Charles. I do know that I "stumble" upon the poems that are given to me; all I have to do is "write" them down. Thank you. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by Thurman Faison 10/14/2010
I liked the poem. Good thoughts well expressed. Maybe, when we don't think we have it, we really do, we reach for it within and find it is there, then we make the exchange. As a scripture says, "let the weak say,I am strong!" Keep writing!

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