Thursday, January 22

It Couldn't Be Done

It Couldn't Be Done
By Edgar Guest

Somebody said 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 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 to sing as you tackle the thing
That "cannot be done," and you'll do it.


Lawanda said...

Great poem! It reminds me of my Grandma and my mom. :)

Mel said...

Wow. I love this.

Christy said...

I love this poem!!!

I also enjoyed your other posts-I am sorry you were feeling overwhelmed. We all have those days/weeks/months (in fact I am having one of those days NOW). I will be prayign for you sweet friend that you are not so hard on yourself and that time will magically slow so you can get more done LOL

wendy said...

Did YOU write that. Holy freaking smokes --your write poetry. Good one!!! Ok, I'll do it.

Jenn said...

Heck, no! I didn't write it. I wish I did. And I wish, like Lawanda, that it could remind someone of ME. Maybe someday. It's written by Edgar Guest. He writes great stuff on character and duty. Excellent for memory work and copywork for the kiddos.

wendy said...

OK, well you could have told me you wrote it and I would have believed you. I still need to try and do whatever it is people say I CAN'T .........and the list is long I am sure

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