Poetry month – I’ll Find a Way or Make it

This is one of those poems that I read first in high school and it’s stuck with me since.  I love the message behind it and the inspiration to not just accept the circumstances but to find a way to achieve your goals.

I’ll Find a Way or Make It
                By John Godfrey Saxe

It was a noble Roman
In Rome’s imperial day,
Who heard a coward croaker
Before the castle say, —
“They’re safe in such a fortress;
There is no way to shake it!”
“On! On!” exclaimed the hero;
“I’ll find a way, or make it!”

Is fame your aspiration?
Her path is steep and high;
In vain he seeks her temple,
Content to gaze and sigh.
The shining throne is waiting,
But he along can take it
Who says, with Roman firmness,
“I’ll find a way, or make it!”

Is learning your ambition?
There is no royal road;
Alike the peer and peasant
Must climb to her abode;
Who feels the thirst for knowledge,
In Helicon may slake it,
If he has still the Roman will
“To find a way, or make it!”

Are riches worth the getting?
They must be bravely sought;
With wishing and with fretting
The boon can not be bought;
To all the prize is open,
But only he can take it,
Who say, with Roman courage,
“I’ll find a way, or make it!”

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