Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, COURAGE THAT OVERCOMES, by MARGARETE ROSE AKIN



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COURAGE THAT OVERCOMES, by            
First Line: I need the courage of the desert-palm
Last Line: And I lose the courage that the palm maintains.
Subject(s): Courage; Valor; Bravery


I need the courage of the desert-palm
For growing tall like it, near burning ground,
And keeping sap and life where sands abound;
For every traveler be a Gilead's balm:
And I, with courage, would withstand each qualm
Alone -- oasis-like, be ever found
With shade and fruit and waters' cooling sound:
Give quiet like the Arab's low salaam --

Unwithering, though the sun in hot embrace
Contrasts the deadly chill of desert-night,
Protesting ice that forms within my veins
When desert-prowler thoughts may slink and chase
Me into bony lairs, with poison spite,
And I lose the courage that the palm maintains.





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