Sunday, December 14, 2008

Poetry Project

I am a big fan of perseverance (It's how I got through grad school. Ha!), and I've loved this poem since childhood. Even though literary critics don't consider Frank Stanton one of the "great" poets (He made his career as a newspaper man - gasp!-, though he was named poet laureate of Georgia in 1925.), I personally think this is a great poem.

Keep a-Goin'
by Frank L. Stanton

If you strike a thorn or rose,
Keep a-goin'!
If it hails or if it snows,
Keep a-goin'!
'Taint no use to sit an' whine
When the fish ain't on your line;
Bait your hook an' keep a-tryin' -
Keep a-goin'!

When the weather kills your crop,
Keep a-goin'!
Though 'tis work to reach the top,
Keep a-goin'!
S'pose you're out o' ev'ry dime,
Gittin' broke ain't any crime,
Tell the world you're feelin' prime -
Keep a-goin'!

When it looks like all is up,
Keep a-goin'!
Drain the sweetness from the cup,
Keep a-goin'!
See the wild birds on the wing,
Hear the bells that sweetly ring,
When you feel like sighin', sing -
Keep a-goin'!


Supermom said...

I needed that poem today! Thanks.

HEATHER said...

Me too!

Nicole Bradshaw said...

I'm glad you guys like it! Hope your day is looking up!

Sandi said...

Reminds me of a line from GWTW. ;)

Nicole Bradshaw said...

"I'll never be hungry again!" (Literally. I just baked a HUGE batch of those peanut butter cup cookies. Yummm.)