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Don't Give Up --- A Poem for Alexandra

Put on the old LPs tonight, Alex,
from a time long before you were born.
Top of the queue was Petula Clark
belting out "Don't Give Up",
defiant as an alley cat in a street fight.

Remembered how in her heyday,
she'd been forced to conceal
the fact that she was married.
All performers being mysteriously
virginal in those days.

Thoughts segue several years
to my time in the service and
a female lieutenant who was my OIC.
Served a 20 year career,
but never knew a finer officer.

She realized leadership was saying
the things that made you want to follow.
Just after making captain,
due to pregnancy, she was forced
to terminate her service career.

Today, women routinely travel in space,
perform extreme surgeries,
design skyscrappers;
one just might become president.

And somewhere in the tenements of NYC
a young poet spins metaphor
straight from the streets and the cosmos,
constructing a world in lines
we'd all wish to enter.

Poetry by Brian Oarr
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Written on 2009-03-11 at 00:30

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liz munro The PoetBay support member heart!
A great show of friendship
very well written


Purple Phoenix
Hooray for Petula Clark... great theme song for this write! ;-)

Zoya Zaidi
Dear Brain,
This is a very compassionate write to your friend Alex, by giving examples you have really made a strong case.
Yes, one must never give up!
Only those who face odds survive and succeed eventually in the end.
Thanks for sharing these noble sentiments.