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Tell Me I Can’t Poem

Updated: Jun 18, 2021


Look me in the eye

and tell me I can’t

I’ll prove you wrong

with a lifelong rant


Did I want it

in the first place?

Or get caught up

in a rat race?


You planted a seed

unleashed uncertainty and doubt

which ignited a flame

caused ambition to sprout


Now I’m committed

to this journey

Locked and loaded

on a gurney


You can try to hold me down

I sure as hell won’t drown


Grant me grace

in this space

through this life

full of strife


Time to pivot

Make a choice

Dig down deep

Use my voice


What does my heart

long to chase?

Why am I so scared

to embrace?


Grab my courage

Feel my thunder

Take a step

into wonder


Tell me I can’t

and watch me try

Doubt me

you’ll see me fly

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Bravo!!! I love it. A mantra I have used before. J

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Jill Anthony
Jill Anthony
Apr 11, 2021
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What's crazy is that I can be pursuing something ... only to realize I'm doing it because someone told me I couldn't. Then I have to actually ask myself, "Do you want to do this?!" The answer is not always, "yes"!!

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