I Refuse

I refuse to go down with the damned

Should Circumstance entrain me I shall swim against the tide

Let my conscience not rest at the thought that at least I tried

I refuse to go down with the damned. 


I refuse to succumb to dull despair 

If the thin thread from which I hang comes to break, 

Without a wail, without a tear; quietly the fall I'll take.

I refuse to succumb to dull despair.


I refuse to lose myself along the way.

If at the end of the road the payment required is that of my soul

I shall turn my back on a lifetimes's dream and gladly lose it all

I refuse to lose myself along the way. 


I refuse to be a Chance's fool

My fortune rests in my hands; til a time comes that it'll not 

Then I shall do what I must; die of my own hand if I ought 

I refuse to be a Chance's fool.

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Mae Foreman

Thu 12th Sep 2019 13:17

Thank you dear Jason! I hope you are right! If you are I must take after my mother. Being this way she has always managed to maintain balance in all aspects of her life without being uninvolved and distant. Thank you Jason?

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Jason Bayliss

Thu 12th Sep 2019 13:12

Beautiful Mae, a defiant affirmation of self.
It seems to me that it's only once you've drawn the line that you can warn the rest of the world not to cross it.

J. x

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Mae Foreman

Thu 12th Sep 2019 12:00

Thank you dear Don! I'm glad you think it works. "Soul/all" and "not/ought" don't sound entirely identical but the outcome pleases me and I will try to refrain from being caught in editing frenzy and risk losing that. Thank you Don!?

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Don Matthews

Thu 12th Sep 2019 11:56

Very good, as usual, Mae.

I liked the 1st and last line repeat. Each stanza different but begun with 'I refuse' to tie it all together. 2nd and 3rd line end-rhymes also good....

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