{poetry now: The Fighter}

The Fighter

I fight a battle every day

Against discouragement and fear;

Some foe stands always in my way,

The path ahead is never clear!

I must forever be on guard

Against the doubts that skulk along;

I get ahead by fighting hard,

           But fighting keeps my spirit strong.

I hear the croakings of Despair,

The dark predictions of the weak;

I find myself pursued by Care,

No matter what the end I seek;

My victories are small and few,

It matters not how hard I strive;

Each day the fight begins anew,

           But fighting keeps my hopes alive.

My dreams are spoiled by circumstance,

My plans are wrecked by Fate or Luck;

Some hour, perhaps, will bring my chance,

But that great hour has never struck;

My progress has been slow and hard,

I’ve had to climb and crawl and swim,

Fighting for every stubborn yard,

           But I have kept in fighting trim.

I have to fight my doubts away,

And be on guard against my fears;

The feeble croaking of Dismay

Has been familiar through the years;

My dearest plans keep going wrong,

Events combine to thwart my will,

           But fighting keeps my spirit strong,

And I am undefeated still!

~ S.E. Kiser (1862 – 1942)

Samuel Ellsworth Kiser was born in Shippenville, Pa. He began newspaper work in Cleveland, and from 1900 until 1914 was editorial and special writer for the Chicago Record-Herald. He’s one of those widely syndicated, often-repeated old poets that I’d never heard of until this week, and now I want to find everything he’s ever written.

Keep fighting. Stay strong. Your life may feel like a mess right now, but there WILL be an end to this part.

6 Replies to “{poetry now: The Fighter}”

  1. There was a Mary Englebreit card my mom sent me years ago that was different from the other ones ME usually makes. It had subdued colors and the text was, “Endure, and keep yourself for days of happiness.”

    Thank you for posting this poem. I think of you.

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