Copyright Frank Westcott, 2021. All rights reserved.
How many have tried and then cried? Let us cheer them with the roars of lions.
Who have beaten
Who do something
Bigger than themselves
Who try then cry
In loss and defeat and stand again
Who walk into their futures
And give meaning to their losses
Who after these events
Become tougher wiser unconquered
Who are graced with knowing
Of pain from some source
And who move beyond this pain
And use this pain to heal themselves
And in so doing
Open the inner doors for themselves
And in so doing help open these doors
For others to face their tragedies
And heal too
Whatever this It is
Whether they do It quietly
And out of the limelight
Or seem to have the capacity...
The grace and the destiny
To bring a star
Out of the sky and radiate
To the world
These people inspire me
You inspire me
THE POEM'S BACKGROUND: Years ago now, a friend who was MC-ing a gig of mine asked what inspired me. You know, for background on what she might say between songs, or about me or… something. I thought about it & this poem emerged in its raw form, before being made whole, so to speak, in this version. And design. And layout. And with the dedication to my friend Kris. It is funny, no strange, how things evolve. Especially creativity. Of my kind that is. I let the seed-idea permeate, percolate & jell, in my brain & heart, letting my muse, no make that muses, tell the story or song, behind the scenes, as they see it, & it emerges, letting truth speak, what we all seek, I guess.
ALL my BEST to YOU!
COURAGE was published in the U.K.'s Write Away Magazine, June 2021. Write Away Magazine was a magazine for songwriters. They published a lot of my stuff over a couple of years: stories, articles on music or entertainers & the odd poem.
This poem is dedicated to a Las Vegas friend, Kris Saknussemm. He is a man-of the-world in the true sense. The real sense. He has travelled everywhere, including the darkness. He has written much, photographed much, lived more.