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February 8, 2018

It’s okay
to be afraid of the future.
No one has every single
Every single
Written down in a notebook
And even if they do
It’s most likely things don’t actually go as they planned.
So I’ll tell you this
Its okay
to be afraid of the future,
Of the unknown that lies
Just beyond that door
To go beyond that door
Takes guts.
True guts.
I’m talkin’
Woke up an hour late, no toothbrush, no breakfast, I’m out the door, I’m still going to school kind of guts.
Didn’t study, perplexing parallelograms and dizzying divisions, but i’m still taking that test kind of guts.
I may not be the brightest
The sharpest
The greatest
The fastest
speaker in the world, but I’m still going to stand in front of that class
And give my oral report kind of guts.
It’s so easy
to give up
It takes guts
True guts
to persevere
and fight.

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FireChickenThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 24 at 12:03 am
This is an awe inspiring poem. I love the simplicity of it yet its able to convey such an empowering message. And it’s not super specific (such as a personal bullying experience) so that everyone is able to actively relate to it. It’s a very beautifully crafted poem and I encourage you to continue writing poetry. -A random high schooler ;)
DrewMaharg replied...
today at 8:18 am
Thank you for the positive feedback! :)
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