One of my favorite poems to lift your spirits!

It Couldn’t Be Done written by Edgar A. Guest, who was know as the “People’s Poet,” is one of my favorite poems. It has always lifted my spirits and encouraged me through difficult times in my life.

Sheila, a 10 year camper at Mac-Do Lodge

When I was a young girl I was fortunate to attend Mac-Do Lodge Camp for Girls in Delevan, Wisconsin. Minnie A. Cohen, the owner and director of our camp,  always read inspirational  poems during our Sunday night campfire and award ceremony.

It Couldn’t Be Done
Somebody said that it couldn’t be done,
But he with a chuckle replied
that “maybe it couldn’t,” but he would be one
Who wouldn’t say so till he tried.

So he buckled right in with a trace of a grin
On his face. If he worried he hid it.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done and he did it.

Somebody scoffed: “Oh, you’ll never do that;
At least no one ever has done it”;
But he took off his coat and he took off his hat,
And the first thing we knew he’d begun it.

With a lift of a his chin and a bit of a grin,
Without any doubting or quiddit,
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

There are thousand to tell you it cannot be done,
There are thousands to prophesy failure;
There are thousands to point out to you one by one,
The dangers that wait to assail you.

But just buckle in with a bit of a grin,
Just take off your coat and go to it;
Just start to sing as you tackle the thing
That “cannot be done,” and you’ll do it!

I hope this poem lifted your spirits and encouraged you during the this challenging time of the Coronavirus! Stay Healthy & Safe!

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  1. MICHAEL EVANS on March 24, 2020 at 5:19 pm


    • sheila on May 6, 2020 at 4:44 pm

      Thank you, Michael. I love it also!!

  2. Kathy McGurk on March 24, 2020 at 7:30 pm

    Fun Poem ! Almost reads like a limerick ! Thank you for sharing. Sending love and Prayers to you and yours.

    • sheila on May 6, 2020 at 4:48 pm

      Dear Kathy, I am delighted that you enjoyed the poem. Please forgive my delayed reply. I did not see your comment. You are most welcome for the poem. I always read this poem to my family. I am sending you and your family love, prayer and good wishes for you all to be well and safe!

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