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Courage - Poem by Anne Sexton

It is in the small things we see it.
The child's first step,
as awesome as an earthquake.
The first time you rode a bike,
wallowing up the sidewalk.
The first spanking when your heart
went on a journey all alone.
When they called you crybaby
or poor or fatty or crazy
and made you into an alien,
you drank their acid
and concealed it.

Later,
if you faced the death of bombs and bullets
you did not do it with a banner,
you did it with only a hat to
comver your heart.
You did not fondle the weakness inside you
though it was there.
Your courage was a small coal
that you kept swallowing.
If your buddy saved you
and died himself in so doing,
then his courage was not courage,
it was love; love as simple as shaving soap.

Later,
if you have endured a great despair,
then you did it alone,
getting a transfusion from the fire,
picking the scabs off your heart,
then wringing it out like a sock.
Next, my kinsman, you powdered your sorrow,
you gave it a back rub
and then you covered it with a blanket
and after it had slept a while
it woke to the wings of the roses
and was transformed.

Later,
when you face old age and its natural conclusion
your courage will still be shown in the little ways,
each spring will be a sword you'll sharpen,
those you love will live in a fever of love,
and you'll bargain with the calendar
and at the last moment
when death opens the back door
you'll put on your carpet slippers
and stride out.


Comments about Courage by Anne Sexton

  • Rookie Exasperation (5/15/2020 10:07:00 AM)

    Those carpet slippers have been worn from what seems eternity. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie ..... (5/11/2020 2:31:00 PM)

    amazing poem, i really liked it. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Savita Tyagi (3/29/2020 5:14:00 PM)

    Excellent poem. This life is full of risk and danger at every step. Courage is shown in crossing over each hurdel and each barrier to keep on moving with life. (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 433,865 Points Kumarmani Mahakul (3/18/2020 7:37:00 AM)

    This is a beautiful poem on courage by Anne Sexton. It is justified for being chosen as the classic poem of the POD. (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 95,176 Points Rini Shibu (2/9/2020 9:54:00 AM)

    Excellent poem..thanks for sharing (Report) Reply

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    this woman sexually abused her child. (Report) Reply

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    A insightful and beautiful work of art........................................................................................................................ (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie why u askin (5/13/2019 1:13:00 PM)

    i loved this poem it was very deep and gave us meaning, good job. (Report) Reply

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Courage Poems
  1. 1. Courage
    Anne Sexton
  2. 2. Courage
    Claude McKay
  3. 3. The Abnormal Is Not Courage
    Jack Gilbert
  4. 4. Courage
    Corey Fauchon
  5. 5. Tribute To Courage
    James Elston
  6. 6. Women Of Courage
    Kathy L. Goings
  7. 7. Courage
    Aldo Kraas
  8. 8. Courage
    Robert William Service
  9. 9. Courage
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  10. 10. In Courage
    Dorsey Baker
  11. 11. Lack Of Courage
    Linda Engwall
  12. 12. Coffee Courage
    Mark R Slaughter
  13. 13. Supposing That I Should Have The Courage
    Stephen Crane
  14. 14. Courage
    George Chapman
  15. 15. Courage
    Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  16. 16. ! Courage!
    Marvin Brato Sr
  17. 17. The Courage That My Mother Had
    Edna St. Vincent Millay
  18. 18. Limerick.25. Courage!
    Valsa George
  19. 19. ~courage~
    Theodora (Theo) Onken
  20. 20. Courage
    Enyinwa Okechukwu Enyinwa
  21. 21. Extreme Courage
    Sulaiman Mohd Yusof
  22. 22. Courage, Courage, Courage!
    Edgar Albert Guest
  23. 23. Put Courage Into Your Heart
    Seema Chowdhury
  24. 24. Feigned Courage
    Charles Lamb
  25. 25. Courage
    Daniel Vango
  26. 26. Courage
    Christina E. Brown
  27. 27. Courage
    Anonymous
  28. 28. Courage
    Hanson Chen
  29. 29. ***courage***
    aira olayvar
  30. 30. Courage
    Edgar Albert Guest
  31. 31. * Dear Courage...
    Shelley L Baxter
  32. 32. It Takes Courage
    Anonymous
  33. 33. 20 Seconds Of Courage
    Joe Johnson
  34. 34. Courage And Confidence
    Akhtar Jawad
  35. 35. It Takes Courage
    Anonymous
  36. 36. Courage
    Maria Luisa Taylor
  37. 37. What's Courage?
    Eliseo Rivera
  38. 38. ! C For Courage!
    Ajay Pisharody
  39. 39. Hope And Courage
    Joshua Fegley
  40. 40. * 3 3 If I Had The Courage To -
    Noorie Ali
  41. 41. The Courage Of Shutting-Up
    Sylvia Plath
  42. 42. What Gives You Courage
    Alisha Ricks
  43. 43. Courage
    Abi Rodriguez
  44. 44. Have You Got The Courage?
    Lovina Sylvia Chidi
  45. 45. Give Me The Courage To Seek The Truth...
    (brief renderings) Joe Fazio
  46. 46. Courage
    Jeffrey SpahrSummers
  47. 47. Quickie-Moral Courage
    Loke Kok yee
  48. 48. Contentment Or Courage?
    Ayzhelle Mendoza
  49. 49. Courage
    Lovina Sylvia Chidi
  50. 50. Courage
    Richard Baird

Courage Poems

  1. Courage

    O lonely heart so timid of approach, Like the shy tropic flower that shuts its lips To the faint touch of tender finger tips: What is your word? What question would you broach? Your lustrous-warm eyes are too sadly kind To mask the meaning of your dreamy tale, Your guarded life too exquisitely frail Against the daggers of my warring mind. There is no part of the unyielding earth, Even bare rocks where the eagles build their nest, Will give us undisturbed and friendly rest. No dewfall softens this vast belt of dearth. But in the socket-chiseled teeth of strife, That gleam in serried files in all the lands, We may join hungry, understanding hands, And drink our share of ardent love and life.

  2. The Abnormal Is Not Courage

    The Poles rode out from Warsaw against the German Tanks on horses. Rode knowing, in sunlight, with sabers, A magnitude of beauty that allows me no peace. And yet this poem would lessen that day. Question The bravery. Say it's not courage. Call it a passion. Would say courage isn't that. Not at its best. It was impossible, and with form. They rode in sunlight, Were mangled. But I say courage is not the abnormal. Not the marvelous act. Not Macbeth with fine speeches. The worthless can manage in public, or for the moment. It is too near the whore's heart: the bounty of impulse, And the failure to sustain even small kindness. Not the marvelous act, but the evident conclusion of being. Not strangeness, but a leap forward of the same quality. Accomplishment. The even loyalty. But fresh. Not the Prodigal Son, nor Faustus. But Penelope. The thing steady and clear. Then the crescendo. The real form. The culmination. And the exceeding. Not the surprise. The amazed understanding. The marriage, Not the month's rapture. Not the exception. The beauty That is of many days. Steady and clear. It is the normal excellence, of long accomplishment.

  3. Tribute To Courage

    Courage is doing what is right Without having to be told Courage is manning up When you know you've done something wrong Courage is looking the enemy in the eye And telling them to just bring it Courage is having fear But still staying strong Courage is facing adversity But being able to overcome it Courage is leaving your family behind To defend the country you love Courage is being a soldier In the greatest army in the world Thank you for this courage That lets us live free May God bless you And come home safely to your families

  4. Courage

    Courage is what makes us Courage is what divides us Courage is what drives us Courage is what stops us Courage creates news Courage demands more Courage creates blame Courage brings shame Courage shows in school Courage determines the cool Courage divides the weak Courage pours out like a leak Courage puts us on a knee Courage makes us free Courage makes us plea Courage helps us flee

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