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Jul 07, 2016

Poem by Hope Partnership Youth, Noah Schultz

Reach Farther 

To my friends who reach farther than the rule book suggests I commend you
You have chosen to laugh off no’s and let your desires grow
Knowledge over everything is the drum beating to your life’s direction
Placing you in a state of perpetual development
Others opinions on your dreams fall short because they’re irrelevant
You my friend have found purpose


Each step you take is intentional
Books you read intentional
Words you speak intentional
Bricks being placed in the castle of your potential


The oppression you face is extra weight meant to build strength and put you in the place to strive when all others crumble
When they say “no” accept it as a challenge
Creativity is your comparative advantage
If you want it bad enough you will find a way


To my friends who’ve been displaced by ridiculous sentences absorb this message it’s different than the rest of them
There is hope
But only if you have faith
Accompanied by courage to take what you already have and become something great
Adversity is our biggest asset
And once you understand that
You have taken back your power.

If you are interested in reading more of Noah's poems, he has written his first book of poetry, Morse Code Kisses, available online.

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