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Saturday, October 4, 2008

"It Can't Be Done, He Once Told Me"

Poem by Edgar Guest that I find inspirational:

"It Couldn't Be Done"

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, and 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 has ever 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, and 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 await to assail you.

But just buckle it in with a bit of a grin,

Just take off your coat and go to it;

Just start to sing as you tackle the thing

That "cannot be done," and you'll do it.

Edgar Guest (1881-1959) was an English immigrant who arrived in Detroit (USA) in 1891. He began supporting his family as a newspaper copy boy and went on to become a career newspaperman and radio
personality who wrote more than 20 volumes of poetry. At his death he was mourned as "the poet of the people" because he wrote popular sentimental poems about everyday family life and values.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What a powerful message. Everybody should read this.