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Carry On

May 22nd, 2014

Continue on your journey.
This journey is indeed hard,
There are days when the tears rush down my face
And people ask me: Will you cry me a river?
Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, and hate leads to suffering. 
If these words are true, then I must stop,
Because life is fearful
But I will not stop,
It is not an option.
I must continue on my journey.
There will be bad days,
But there will be good days.
I must carry on.
The day will come where I will have my glory.
And others will know my story.
But for now, I must carry on.

I wrote this poem because I thought about the struggles of African Americans. I thought about slavery and what many of them went through. When writing this poem, I thought about how they had to "carry on" and continue on their journey. This is the reason I am here and ultimately I am grateful to my ancestors for overcoming their hardships and persevering. For this, I thank my ancestors. Now, it is my turn to "carry on".

Dave Lacroix’s poem, “Carry On” was a submission to this year's Young Master Writers Program. We opened this season with his two poems, "The African Wonder" and "Beware." This poet has shown a real ability to bring flesh and blood humanity to the pages of history, reminding us that our ancestors were real human beings, as were their sufferings, struggles and triumphs.

Come back for another day of poetry tomorrow. If you want to be part of 30 Days of Poetry, send your poems to until May 30th. I look forward to hearing from you!

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