It is our right to be happy
It is our right to be free
If we were meant to be like puppets
A mind would not have been given
to you or me

Someone in the past may have tried
to hurt and destroy
That's what some people do
But, I have the power within myself
What about you?



My life has not been
all pretty ribbons and bows
The past will NOT be my future
And that's just the way it goes

Tears? I have cried a river
And, could go on and on
about all that's wrong
Well, for that river I cried
I just built a boat ....
that's good and strong



I'm not going to drown
in that river of tears
I'm sailing on top of it
For the rest of my years

And for everything
that I sail past that's ugly
I will find ten things more beautiful
And for everything that I see
as useless
I will do ten things more dutiful



And I'll not ask ....
"Where have all the flowers gone?"
I'll not even let a thought like that begin
I'll just go out into this world
and plant them ......

I do not say these things, to be harsh
I say these things, so you can survive
Don't let anyone take your happiness
Choose your own life's course ....
Choose to be strong and alive





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Original Poem © 6/13/04 - Revised 1/27/07
All Poetry Original & Revised Versions were written by
Kathryn Sunday Davis
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