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If You Believe
by Edward Phillips

Monday, June 08, 2009
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I wrote this poem for the graduating class of Lancaster (Ohio) High School in 1999. I also had the honor of delivering the graduation address to them.

Winner of the International Who's  Who in Poetry Editor's Choice Award    


If You Believe


You are the cast of the new generation

With fresh hopes and inquiring minds,

Who are called by Fate and your forebears

To improve the conditions you find.

The time is now, your Destiny awaits,

Many roles are assigned to your care ~

To heal the sick, to build a bridge, or

To bring hope where there is despair.


The stage is set your skills are honed,

The first act will soon begin; and

As the curtain lifts, let your confidence rise

It’s the trait most needed to win.

So trust in yourself, forsake all doubts,

Each of you, woman or man

For you will succeed if you just try, and

If you believe you can.




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Reviewed by Edward Phillips 4/24/2012
Go ahead, Judith, make my day. Actually, you just did. Many thanks for your kind comments. I feel a thousand percent better. Oh yes, all 600 students received a copy of that poem cleverly placed in their diploma folders.
Reviewed by Judith Ann (Reader) 4/21/2012
WOW...almost three years have passed since you posted this one but I am just discovering it this morning. What a great message in poem form that should be read to ALL graduating classes. I'll bet the class you wrote this for still remembers your reading of it, and may have made life decisions because of it that they would have been too afraid to before hearing you read it for them. A very touching and meaningful writing.
Reviewed by Edwin Hurdle 6/9/2009
An inspiring poem,I enjoy reading it,take care,Excellent work

Reviewed by Joyce Bowling 6/8/2009
A very inspiring write my to encourage those with their future ahead of them, the world as their oyster, to reach the unreachable, and believe in self...well done!
Blessings from Ky.
Joyce B.
Reviewed by Cindy Tuttle 6/8/2009
Wonderful and insprational poem Edward!Very hopeful. I bet the class who graduated liked it to.

With Love,
Reviewed by Cynthia Buhain-Baello 6/8/2009
Yes - wonderfully stated and hopefully imparted. Ten years after the prayer for these graduates still remain, and for others that followed them, for only the Power of God will protect them and their dreams from the corruption of this world.


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