grit to persevere; invictus inspired



you made us recite it

again and again

we practiced and presented

you clipped short all complaints


stand straight; backbone up

speak loud; voice crisp

in obedience

to instructions

we learned to tame our lisps


look front and center; eyes

making fierce contact

on stage a young girl

made an audience pact


fix your feet; hold their shuffle

mean what you say; use

tear ducts and heart muscle

nervous ticks and growing warts

confidence is earned; not

bought off a shelf


face it; confront the worst

don’t dribble your words; let

them out of your pores

like a furious cloudburst


the applause you want to hear

will stay drowned; if you

choose not to confront your fears


stimulate strength; let Invictus

into your bones; let the

echo permeate your skin

through the fingers that

hold the microphone


today; I say to you, my dad

stay unbowed, and teach me again

how you captured grief; using faith

when you could use blame

stand upbeat, and teach me again

always one to pick the higher stance; never did

you let vanity sustain


indomitable, a master of your fate

every mile, a captain of your soul


you taught me much; you let me dare

most of all you did not listen to can’t

and trained me towards the grit to persevere










Published by Kashiana

I am a management professional by job classification and a work practitioner by personal preference. One poetry collection - Shelling Peanuts and Stringing Words and a chapbook, Crushed Anthills. Always gathering poems, and letting them marinate and change shape and form.

One thought on “grit to persevere; invictus inspired

  1. Parents always wish ‘and try to make their children the best in the world.
    My daughters have all the talent
    & intelligence to make their presence felt whereever they are.
    We could withstand the big loss .of our life due to our loving
    Keep achieving heights in every way
    BLESSINGS .love and hug


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