Inspirational Poem

Poem Of Determination

My name is Phil Harris. I am 24 years of age and I reside in Georgia. This poem is one of the best out of a book I am writing called "Inspirations in Life." I have been inspired many ways in life to never allow anyone to cause me to remember that I have a dream that I can achieve. I hope to have the whole book completed within the next month.

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This poem hits me right smack in the heart. I feel it in the depts of my soul. You see, I lost my son, my only child coming up on 9 years. He was only 20 years old. And he was such an old...

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I Will Prevail

© more by Phil Harris

Published by Family Friend Poems October 2008 with permission of the Author.

I have been told that I will never exceed.
I have been told that I am living in a dream.
I have been pushed to the side by many of my peers.
I have heard of the struggles that were present before me.
I have heard others speak of the struggles they were presented with.
I have accepted I can't change everything in my life.
I know the things that can be changed will take time.
I have watched many come and fall.
I have seen those who have raised to riches fall to pennies.
I have started a goal.
I have told myself that I will prevail.

I have seen the evil in life.
I have once been a victim to this life.
I have learned that the only thing that can hold you back in life is living for the past.
I refuse to give up without a try.
I refuse to let anyone tell me that I can't reach the sky.
I refuse to live for today.
I will always prepare for tomorrow, even though it is not guaranteed.
I will refuse to allow anyone to change my heart.
I believe that God will lead me to a higher place.
I believe that change has been accepted for my life.
I believe that someone is watching over me.
I will prevail.

I apologize for the struggles others may have faced.
I refuse to allow myself wait.
I know that many have never received an apology for the struggles they have faced.
I hope that you accept this from me as I am speaking through them to you.
I know that for many of you this is the reason
You have given in to the belief that you can't exceed.
I will continue through the obstacles that step in my way.
I will ask for guidance every day.
I will not give up.
I will not give in.
I will not look back.
I will not expect that this is all my life is meant to be.
I will continue.
I will prevail.


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  • Sonya St. John by Sonya St. John
  • 4 years ago

This poem hits me right smack in the heart. I feel it in the depts of my soul. You see, I lost my son, my only child coming up on 9 years. He was only 20 years old. And he was such an old soul. Almost as if somehow, someway, he knew he would pass at a young age. My son loved this poem and had the words "I will prevail" tattooed on his wrist. With this being said, I'm sure it's understandable just how much I connect with this poem. I think of it often when I think of my son....and one day it will be on my wrists also in memory of my Angel.

  • beth by beth
  • 14 years ago

I read this poem and it hit the inside of my core. I am 17 and pregnant I cannot see or talk to the father for he does not know that he even has a child on the way. my father kicked me out and said every negative thing you can think of my mother wants to send me to a pregnant home where I cannot talk to anyone. I'm scared but I'm having faith and keeping strong. this poem is strong in itself. thank you

  • Brandon by Brandon
  • 1 year ago

Hello Beth, I'm terribly sorry about your past. I sure hope you're alright and your family is doing well. I just read this poem and I felt a wave of emotion. I then read your comment and I sincerely wish you the best. I'm not sure what else to say but I feel terrible, but I'm encouraged by the poem.

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