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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.


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Poems About Courage

  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. Courage , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  7. 7. Courage , Robert William Service
  8. 8. Women Of Courage , Kathy L. Goings
  9. 9. Courage , Aldo Kraas
  10. 10. Lack Of Courage , Linda Engwall
  11. 11. Coffee Courage , Mark R Slaughter
  12. 12. Supposing That I Should Have The Courage , Stephen Crane
  13. 13. Courage , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  14. 14. Courage , George Chapman
  15. 15. ! Courage! , Marvin Brato Sr
  16. 16. ~courage~ , Theodora (Theo) Onken
  17. 17. Courage , Christina E. Brown
  18. 18. Limerick.25. Courage! , Valsa George
  19. 19. Extreme Courage , Sulaiman Mohd Yusof
  20. 20. Courage , Enyinwa Okechukwu Enyinwa
  21. 21. Put Courage Into Your Heart , Seema Chowdhury
  22. 22. Feigned Courage , Charles Lamb
  23. 23. Courage , Daniel Vango
  24. 24. The Courage That My Mother Had , Edna St. Vincent Millay
  25. 25. Courage , Hanson Chen
  26. 26. ***courage*** , aira olayvar
  27. 27. 20 Seconds Of Courage , Joe Johnson
  28. 28. Give Me The Courage To Seek The Truth... , (brief renderings) Joe Fazio
  29. 29. Courage , Maria Luisa Taylor
  30. 30. * Dear Courage... , Shelley L Baxter
  31. 31. Courage , Anonymous
  32. 32. Courage And Confidence , Akhtar Jawad
  33. 33. What's Courage? , Eliseo Rivera
  34. 34. ! C For Courage! , Ajay Pisharody
  35. 35. Hope And Courage , Joshua Fegley
  36. 36. Courage In The Face Of Death , Tyler Joseph
  37. 37. In Courage , Dorsey Baker
  38. 38. The Courage Of Shutting-Up , Sylvia Plath
  39. 39. Courage, Courage, Courage! , Edgar Albert Guest
  40. 40. The Quality Of Courage , Stephen Vincent Benet
  41. 41. What Gives You Courage , Alisha Ricks
  42. 42. Courage , Abi Rodriguez
  43. 43. Have You Got The Courage? , Sylvia Chidi
  44. 44. Courage , Jeffrey SpahrSummers
  45. 45. Courage Under Fire , Adryan Rotica
  46. 46. Contentment Or Courage? , Ayzhelle Mendoza
  47. 47. Courage , Sylvia Chidi
  48. 48. Courage , Richard Baird
  49. 49. It Takes Courage , Anonymous
  50. 50. Capturing The Wild Horse Of Courage , Ivy Christou
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