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We all tend to play it safe once in awhile. I had been playing it safe for a long time and ultimately no longer had a life! At some point I had to make a decision to take a stand. This poem is my affirmation.


There are no guarantees
Life throws things at you
You can catch or miss them
But they will come, ready or not

I always looked for the real thing
Never trusting in the possibility
Risk-taking not my forte
Staying safe at all costs

Even playing it safe is not certain
Safe has hurt me
Zero risk gets zero gain
Sometimes playing it safe costs you more

It has me,
In not fighting the battle
you may lose the war
In not believing in a dream
You may never sleep peacefully again

So let go of the fear
Reach out for the flame
So what if you get burned
Better that then numb for life

Better to remember passion and joy
Along with the pain and tears
Then to have no memories worth

So to hell with safe
I am going to gamble and bet
Until I win back everything I lost
And my life is what it was meant to be
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7 Visitor Comments

I feel that this is a really good poem and i plan on using it in my grade 12 english class ISU
This is a very good poem if you just read it please read it again because you need to. This is sooooo good!
Very inspirational !
I love this really has a lot of meaning in describes a time in my life..Really hits home!!!!
Really cool poem. I can identify!
I like this poem and i have a friend who is going thur his own battle. I will probable copy this poem and allow my friend to read it.Thanks,
This Poem is so true about the choices we have in todays life to make I like it and plan on using it for an example for my life Thanks

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