On the Other Side

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I’ve known perfection

On the other side of the struggle

To overcome all that

Could make one fail

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The fears and doubts,

Which twist, tear and bend double

The hearts and bones

Of all who look them in the eye, and say

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‘I have a dream

Of crossing raging oceans;

I have a dream

Of climbing to the skies;’

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‘I have a dream of touching

With my fingers the line

Which separates what’s dead

From what’s so beautifully alive;’

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‘I have a dream

To see someone who wouldn’t

Be stopped by the demons

Howling in their chest;’

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‘I have a dream

For me to be that someone,

Standing humble yet proud

On the other side of pain;’

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‘I have a dream

And pray you will not stop me,

My ancient fears and doubts -

I have no time to waste!’