🌾 Today’s Poem ~ The Fighter

The Fighter

S. E. Kiser

 I fight a battle every day
    Against discouragement and fear;
  Some foe stands always in my way,
    The path ahead is never clear!
  I must forever be on guard
    Against the doubts that skulk along;
  I get ahead by fighting hard,
    But fighting keeps my spirit strong.

  I hear the croakings of Despair,
    The dark predictions of the weak;
  I find myself pursued by Care,
    No matter what the end I seek;
  My victories are small and few,
    It matters not how hard I strive;
  Each day the fight begins anew,
    But fighting keeps my hopes alive.

  My dreams are spoiled by circumstance,
    My plans are wrecked by Fate or Luck;
  Some hour, perhaps, will bring my chance,
    But that great hour has never struck;
  My progress has been slow and hard,
    I’ve had to climb and crawl and swim,
  Fighting for every stubborn yard,
    But I have kept in fighting trim.

  I have to fight my doubts away,
    And be on guard against my fears;
  The feeble croaking of Dismay
    Has been familiar through the years;
  My dearest plans keep going wrong,
    Events combine to thwart my will,
  But fighting keeps my spirit strong,
    And I am undefeated still!

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