poet Marilyn Lott

Marilyn Lott

You’ve Gotta Be Strong

As I look back on my life
Starting when I was a child
In some ways it seems
I’ve only been here for awhile

But in other ways I wonder
How I did so many things
To get myself from there to here
So many chapters my life brings

Living in many towns growing up
Schools a year then move on
My dad looking for a job
Not really sure where I’d belong

My mother sick a lot of the time
So I learned to cook so young
Mom had no patience it seemed
I think she was just so high-strung

But I grew up pretty well
And many mistakes I would make
A couple of failing marriages
My heart would surely break

But it didn’t no, I kept going on
Sooner or later I’d get it right
I married and had my babies
My life seemed pretty bright

Then he died when my little boy
Was six, his sister fourteen
So I raised them all alone
Gone was my future and dreams

But it wasn’t, for ten years later
I met a guy from back in school
I decided I’d get married again
Truly hoping I was not being a fool

It worked for me just fine
Getting older and kids long gone
Never ever give up your dream
To survive you’ve gotta be strong!

Poem Submitted: Friday, August 10, 2007
Poem Edited: Sunday, March 27, 2011

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  • Modi . (9/19/2008 8:19:00 PM)

    I hope this is a true story?

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  • June Feir-Cruz (9/15/2008 11:05:00 AM)

    Ms. Lott, this is so beautiful. Though some memories are difficult to revisit, when we make it, we are stronger than ever and we can look back and see how far we've come. A '10'.

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