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From 30 November 2003 Issue

Fly!
Copyright Jim Willis 2003
http://www.crean.com/jimwillis 

Fly, though your wings are broken,
Dance, though your feet may ache,
Smile, though your heart is breaking,
Give, though some only take.
Ask, though you dread the answers,
Tell, though the news is bad,
Move, though your limbs are heavy,
Shine in the midst of sad.
Care, though the most uncaring,
smirk, when they see your pain,
Run, even though you're weary,
Dry, in a sea of rain.
Heal, though in the healing,
festers an open wound,
Cure, although the curing
contains a sense of doom.
Believe, while among the faithless,
Faith, in the face of doubt,
Cheer, while among the doubters,
delve in, when you could bail out.
Embrace, where there is no hugging,
Show, though they may not see,
See, where the blind go begging,
Be, when they will not be.
Live, while they fade around you,
Laugh, when there is no joke,
Believe, while assailed by troubles,
Breathe, when you think you'll choke.
Succeed, even when they scorn you,
Rise up, with no comrade in sight,
Win, without thought of victory,
Pray for bright blessings on the blight.
Cry, when the spirits move you,
Compassion, though it makes no sense,
Weigh all elements around you,
build a bridge, or erect a fence.
Safe, though the price of safety,
is grief over some things not done,
Give, because in the giving,
emerges an enlightened one.
Speak for those without voices,
Champion the innocent lot,
Fly, though your wings are broken,
Teach what you were never taught.

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