Never Back Down (Poem)

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Never Back Down

Grit (n.) Courage and resolve
Strength of character
Backbone made of steel
Refusing to let me fall

It’s the nerve
needed to fight back
Fall seven times
Get up eight

Daring to prove
impossible a myth
They say you can’t –
Turn around and say “watch me”

Don’t let them get to you
They just hate to see you do better
So impress them with your success
And dazzle them with your smile

Pick yourself up
Dust off the doubt
Get back in the saddle
And never back down

— By Daniela Flores-Rodriquez, WriteGirl Mentee, Age 18

From WriteGirl.org Fifth Annual Poetry Drive