(5 November 1850 - 30 October 1919 / Johnstown Center / Rock County / Wisconsin)

"It Might Have Been"

We will be what we could be. Do not say,
"It might have been, had not this, or that, or this."
No fate can keep us from the chosen way;
He only might who is.

We will do what we could do. Do not dream
Chance leaves a hero, all uncrowned to grieve.
I hold, all men are greatly what they seem;
He does, who could achieve.

We will climb where we could climb. Tell me not
Of adverse storms that kept thee from the height.
What eagle ever missed the peak he sought?
He always climbs who might.

I do not like the phrase "It might have been!"
It lacks force, and life's best truths perverts:
For I believe we have, and reach, and win,
Whatever our deserts.

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I do not like the phrase " It might have been! " It lacks force, and life's best truths perverts: ../// great writings of life and it's alive power
CONGRATULATIONS being chosen as The Classic Poem Of The Day. Hurray! The words are excellently captured here. Congrats to the family of the immortal great poetess. A gorgeous poem, created with great passion.
I cite here this stanza of the great poetess: I do not like the phrase " It might have been! " It lacks force, and life's best truths perverts: For I believe we have, and reach, and win, Whatever our deserts. I love these words created with passion and devotion the lines are with excellent end rhymes. True captivating and I like this very much. Beautiful poem!
The poet doesn't like the phrase - it might have been! With determination and courage, greatness can be achieved - What eagle ever missed the peak he sought? Such a positive outlook! And expressed beautifully!
Whatever we put our minds to, we will achieve with determination. Beautiful poem. Kingsley Egbukole
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