is the worst word that's written or spoken;
Doing more harm here than slander and lies;
On it is many a strong spirit broken,
And with it many a good purpose dies.
It springs from the lips of the thoughtless each
And robs us of courage we need through the
It rings in our ears like a timely-sent warning
And laughs when we falter and fall by the
is the father of feeble endeavor,
The parent of terror and half-hearted work;
It weakens the efforts of artisans clever,
And makes of the toiler an indolent shirk.
It poisons the soul of the man with a vision,
It stifles in infancy many a plan;
It greets honest toiling with open derision
And mocks at the hopes and the dreams of a
is a word none should speak without
To utter it should be a symbol of shame;
Ambition and courage it daily is crushing;
It blights a man's purpose and shortens his
Despise it with all of your hatred of error;
Refuse it the lodgment it seeks in your brain;
Arm against it as a creature of terror,
And all that you dream of you some day shall
is the word that is foe to ambition,
An enemy ambushed to shatter your will;
Its prey is forever the man with a mission
And bows but to courage and patience and
Hate it, with hatred that's deep and undying,
For once it is welcomed 'twill break any
Whatever the goal you are seeking, keep trying
And answer this demon by saying: "I can."
a self help and motivational material
Edgar Guest ( 1881 - 1959)
Edgar Guest was born in Birmingham,
England but became a naturalized US citizen when his family moved to
Detroit in 1881.
He started his career as a copy boy at a
local newspaper company. From this humble position he worked his way up
as reporter and later as editor and columnist.
It was during this time that he began
writing daily poetry for the newspaper. His poems were later syndicated
to over 300 newspaper all over the nations.
Guest was famous for writing poems on
home and familiar things and transforming those so called mundane
things into great beauty and appreciation. Considered one of the most
influential people who manage to give hope during the Great Depression,
Guest was affectionately given the title “the poet of the
people” after his death.
His best known poem is It
Couldn't Be Done while his fourth volume of poetry, A
Heap O' Living were sold for more than 1 million copies.
During his lifetime Guest was believed to have written over 15000 poems.