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If I Can’t


If I can’t walk that fast,

then I’ll start a new race.

If I can’t keep my balance,

then I’ll sing as I sway.

If I can’t use my hand,

then I’ll learn a new trick.

If I get so very tired,

then I’ll run in my sleep.

If the heat is too much,

then I’ll wave at the sun.

If I forget the answer,

then I’ll find a new question.

If I can’t sleep at night,

then I’ll say good morning to the stars.


Reading 'If I Can't' at open mic night

Background: MS won't win. There's always a different way of looking at things.


This is one of those poems that could be for adults and children. It is a poem from my chapbook Quicksand.

Winning poem! I'm delighted to tell you my poem If I Can't is a winning poem in the Hidden Voices National Poetry Day competition 2019. More on blog.

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