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Poetry Friday: It Couldn't Be Done by Edgar Guest

June 9th, 2017 (06:00 am)
determined

Current Mood: determined
Current Song: Heartbeat by David Cook

Somebody said that it couldn't be done,
But he with a chuckle replied
That "maybe it couldn’t," but he would be one
Who wouldn't say so till he'd tried.
So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin
On his face. If he worried he hid it.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn't be done, and he did it.

Somebody scoffed: "Oh, you’ll never do that;
At least no one ever has done it";
But he took off his coat and he took off his hat,
And the first thing we knew he'd begun it.
With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
Without any doubting or quiddit,
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn't be done, and he did it.

There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
There are thousands to prophesy failure;
There are thousands to point out to you one by one,
The dangers that wait to assail you.
But just buckle in with a bit of a grin,
Just take off your coat and go to it;
Just start in to sing as you tackle the thing
That "cannot be done," and you'll do it.

- It Couldn't Be Done by Edgar Guest

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Comments

Posted by: Mary Lee Hahn (Mary Lee Hahn)
Posted at: June 9th, 2017 01:55 pm (UTC)

Ooh! I'm saving this one to share with my students next fall!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 9th, 2017 01:56 pm (UTC)
reading

Isn't it great? Motivation!!!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 9th, 2017 01:57 pm (UTC)
reading

Isn't it great? Motivation!!!

Posted by: Kay McGriff (kaymcgriff)
Posted at: June 12th, 2017 03:02 pm (UTC)
such wisdom

Thank goodness for those who don't listen to "It can't be done"!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 12th, 2017 03:10 pm (UTC)
Re: such wisdom

Exactly!

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