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Somebody Said It Couldn’t Be Done

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When I saw the poem below featured in Dr. Natalie Francisco’s book I’m Just Saying. I knew I had to use it.  The poem’s author, Edger A. Guest used the word he in the original version. I could not resist changing it to she. This poem reminds me so much of my own experiences that I need to share it with others who may be having the same experience.

 Somebody Said It Couldn’t Be Done

By Edger A. Guest

Somebody said it couldn’t be done,

But she with a chuckle replied

That maybe it couldn’t but she would be one

Who wouldn’t say so till she tried.

She waded right in with a trace of a grin

On her face, if she worried, she did it.

She started to sing as she tackled the thing

That couldn’t be done—and she did it.

Somebody said, “Oh, you’ll never do that,

At least no one ever has done it.”

But she took off her coat and she took off her hat:

And the first thing we know she’d begun it.

With a lift of the chin and a bit of a grin,

Without any doubting or quit it,

She started to sing as she tackled the thing

That couldn’t be done—and she did it.

There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,

There are thousands to prophesy failure.

There are thousands to point out to you, one by one,

The dangers that wait to assail you.

But just buckle in with a lift of the chin,

Take off your coat and do it.

Starting to sing as you tackle the thing

That cannot be done—and you’ll do it.

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