Poetry about Courage

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Hand (Photo credit: yorkville)

A poem. A hand full of courage. Blurry vision.

My poem contains all of the above images and my inspiration came from a quote that I read at tiny buddha.

Here is the quote, followed by my poem Courage and Coats.

What may look like a small act of courage is courage nevertheless. The important thing is to be willing to take a step forward.

~Daisaku Ikeda

Courage and Coats

Step, turn, find and ponder,
Courage holds itself strongly within your
Hands. What you reach is within sight,
If only you choose to wear your glasses.
Your vision gets blurry when you
Step sideways, and your sadness grips your
Tread, as hopefulness could never do.
I want you to top those challenges while
You take off your coat of fear –
The buttons are wary from your alterations
But I stand behind you and
Urge you to keep moving forward.

©2013 Christy Birmingham

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32 thoughts on “Poetry about Courage

  1. Aquileana

    ►Good afternoon Christy►

    This is a Sort of poem which involves “alternative thoughts”.
    The perspective is a critical element here. It minimizes the fears and weaknesses and enhance the strength of self-awareness, which is essential to improve the ability to act and to adapt to different situations.

    Regarding fear itself, I love those ending verses in which you say: “I want you to top those challenges while/ You take off your coat of fear”

    Fear as a leaden coat is certainly a powerful denotative image, considering that the coat here doesn´t keep you warm, but rather “suffocated” in summer day… Those “buttons that are wary from alterations” are just elements intended to act as defense barriers against changes and challenges. But in fact, as this quote below says: “Fear is (mostly) fed by false appearances …

    In reference to the first quote: “What may look like a small act of courage is courage nevertheless. The important thing is to be willing to take a step forward”.

    Well.. I agree with you. courage unfolds through all sort of actions (it includes heroic actions and just tiny acts which however also set a difference)… Courage is a qualitative variable rather than quantitative one and each one of us have a different and personal measurement system (circumstantially according to the context and the time…)

    Thanks for the inspirational moment, my friend… It is always nice to read your words!

    Aquileana 😉 XX

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      I’m pleased that you enjoy the poem and you dissect it so well. You point out the small movements of the words, the way we take small steps forward with courage. Stand tall in your high intellect,dear friend.

      Those pins about Fear and Perspective are amazing. They are thought provoking. Do you enjoy Typography? I think we talked before about both liking the look and design of text. So interesting!

      I appreciate the time you took for your comment, the hugs and the friendship xx

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  2. Corrie Woerde

    DEAR CHRISTY,THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORTING POEM….!!!
    I’M TRYING TO GET RID OF THIS COAT OF FEAR,CREATED BY THE RECENT PAST,THAT’S HOLDING ME IN A IRON GRIP OF SADNESS AND FEAR FOR THE FUTURE…
    I SHOULD WANNA BE LIKE I WAS BEFORE,A HAPPY WOMAN FILLED WITH HOPE AND TRUST IN A WONDERFUL FUTURE…
    I KNOW IT NEEDS TIME TO CREATED AND PUT ON A NEW,FEATHERY COAT THAT WILL LIFT ME UP,LIKE I’M WEIGHTLESS AND LET ME FLY TO HAPPINESS AGAIN…
    LOVE AND HUGS ARE COMING YOUR WAY!!! 😉

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  3. irinadim

    Yes, we do need courage to move forward when hopelessness takes over. I love the strong opening line of encouragement “Step, turn, find and ponder” – courage is within our hands. And awareness helps us to take off our “coat of fear”, often imagined fear. Thank you for this inspirational poem, Christy.

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