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Say I Fail?

Illustration for 'Say I Fail?' poem for kids: a child with a seed in his head that grows into belief, symbolised by a tree full of trophies.

Say that things don’t work out?
Say I fail the test?
Say I’m just not good enough?
Say I did my best?

Say my friends all snicker?
Say they think I’m mad?
Say I’m just a loser now?
Say they call me sad?

Say that I'm embarrassed?
Say I lose esteem?
Say disaster strikes again?
Say I drown in dreams?

Say I never even try?
Say I don’t begin?
Say I put it off for now?
Say regret sets in?

Say that I just give up?
Say I never dared?
Say that I look back and think -
‘I could have but was scared.'

Say I might just make it?
Say that I deserve?
Say I keep believing big?
Say I test my nerve?

Say what I imagine,
Say I see it through,
Say this dream up in my head -
Say it will come true?

Say I never give up?
Say I plant the seed -
That roots, and shoots and blossoms?
Say that I succeed?

©2009 Mark Bird

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