The Possible Dream

The Possible Dream

A Chapter by Debbie Barry
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Written in 11th grade. A poem in response to "The Impossible Dream."

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The Possible Dream

 


June 16, 1986


There is
No impossible dream.
There is
No unbeatable foe.


There is
No unbearable sorrow.
We go
Where the strong have to go.


We right
Every rightable wrong.
We love,
Whether near us or far.


We try
"Til we're aching and weary
To reach
Every reachable star.


This is our task:
To live for the stars,
Bringing hope to the hopeless,
No matter how far.


We fight for the right,
Though with question and pause.
We continue to march into Hell
With no visible cause.


And we know
If we'll only keep on
With this difficult task,
That our minds

Will have some peace and calm
After retirement.


And the world
Will be unchanged by this,
For no men,
Working however hard,
Can stop
With their best bit of effort
The race
For the reachable stars.


There is
No impossible dream.
There is
No unbeatable foe.


There is
No unbearable sorrow.
We go
Where the strong have to go.


We go
Where the strong have to go,
Though the task
Is forever too hard.


We try
"Til we're aching and weary
To reach
Every reachable star;


To reach
Every reachable star,
Though the task
Is forever too hard.


We live
With international races
To the great,
Ever reachable stars.


With thanks to Joe Darion.




© 2017 Debbie Barry



Author's Note

Debbie Barry
I wrote this when I was 17. Initial reactions appreciated. I know those two middle stanzas break the rhythm pattern.

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Debbie Barry
Debbie Barry

Clarkston, MI



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