Berton Braley

(1882 - 1966 / Madison, Wisconsin)

Start Where You Stand - Poem by Berton Braley

Start where you stand and never mind the past,
The past won't help you in beginning new,
If you have left it all behind at last
Why, that's enough, you're done with it, you're through;
This is another chapter in the book,
This is another race that you have planned,
Don't give the vanished days a backward look,
Start where you stand.

The world won't care about your old defeats
If you can start anew and win success;
The future is your time, and time is fleet
And there is much of work and strain and stress;
Forget the buried woes and dead despairs,
Here is a brand-new trial right at hand,
The future is for him who does and dares,
Start where you stand.

Old failures will not halt, old triumphs aid,
To-day's the thing, to-morrow soon will be;
Get in the fight and face it unafraid,
And leave the past to ancient history,
What has been, has been; yesterday is dead
And by it you are neither blessed nor banned;
Take courage, man, be brave and drive ahead,
Start where you stand.

Topic(s) of this poem: uplifting


Comments about Start Where You Stand by Berton Braley

  • Chinedu Dike (9/1/2015 1:16:00 PM)


    Very inspiring piece of poetry, well articulated and insightfully penned with lovely rhyme scheme. A good poem written with conviction. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, August 27, 2015

Poem Edited: Thursday, August 27, 2015


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