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COURAGE was published in Write Away Magazine's June 2021 issue: 



For Kris Saknussemm and all those who have been there.




Frank Westcott

Copyright Frank Westcott, 2021. All rights reserved.


How many have tried and then cried? Let us cheer them with the roars of lions.


  Who have beaten

     The odds

         Inspire me.


   Who do something

      Bigger than themselves

         Inspire me.


     Who try then cry

         In loss and defeat and stand again

             Inspire me.


      Who walk into their futures

           And give meaning to their losses

              Inspire me.


     Who after these events

          Become tougher wiser unconquered

               Inspire me.

These People

      Who are graced with knowing

           Of pain from some source

                And who move beyond this pain

                      And use this pain to heal themselves

          And in so doing

                Open the inner doors for themselves

                     And in so doing help open these doors

                            For others to face their tragedies

                                 And heal too

     These People...



        People who...

            Have done...



             Whatever this It is

              Whether they do It quietly

                 And out of the limelight

         Or seem to have the capacity

            The grace and the destiny

                To bring a star 

                    Out of the sky and radiate

                         To the world

                             Something more

                                These people inspire me

                                     You inspire me

THE BACKGROUND: Years ago now, a friend who was MC-ing a gig of mine asked what inspired me. You know, for background on what she might say between songs, or about me or… something. I thought about it & this poem emerged in its raw form, before being made whole, so to speak, in this version. And design. And layout. And with the dedication to a friend. It is funny, no strange, how things evolve. Especially creativity. Of ‘my kind’, that is. I let the seed idea permeate, percolate & jell in my brain & heart, letting my muse, no make that muses, tell the story behind the scenes, as they, it, emerge, letting the truth of what we seek, I seek, emerge too. The kernel of existence. When it is real. And worthy… this inspires me too, always…


COURAGE was published in Write Away Magazine's June 2021 issue:

COURAGE was published in the UK's Write Away Magazine June 2021 issue: