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Don't Quit

When things go wrong, as they
sometimes will,
when the road your trudging seems
all up hill,
when the funds are in hell and
debts heaven high,
and you want to smile, but you
have to sigh,
when care is pressing you down a bit,
rest, if you must, but don't you quit.
Life is weird with its twists and
turns
as every one of us sometimes
learns,
and many a failure turns about
when he might have won had he
not struck out,
so don't give up, though the pace
seems slow,
you might succeed with another
brief blow.
Often, the goal is nearer than it
seems to a faint and faltering man,
and often the struggler has given
up when he might have captured
the victor's cup,
but he learned too late when the
night slipped down
how close he was to the golden
crown,
as success is failure turned inside
out – the silver tint of the clouds of
doubt.
You never can tell how close you
are
and it may be near when it seems
afar,
so stick to the fight with your hardest
hit,
for it's when things seem worst that
you
must
not
ever
quit!

–AmandaRuiz, seventh grade, Frontier Middle School, Hamburg