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Second Poetry Prize Winner - Winter 2011 - 2012
is Rachel A. Smith of Fenton, Missouri

"I Can"


Dancing is not for the weak.

It’s not for the faint or the flimsy.

It’s not for the shy or the safe.

I know I can do it.


Education is not for the languid.

It’s not for the uncommitted or the wavering.

It’s not for the senseless or the imprudent.

I know I can do it.


Love is not for the feeble.

It’s not for the frail or the fragile.

It’s not for the cautious or the wary.

I know I can do it.


And life is not for the fearful.

It’s not for the stubborn or the tenacious.

It’s not for the reluctant or the afraid.
I know I can do it.

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About the poet: My name is Rachel A. Smith and I'm an English major at Saint Louis University. My dream is to be a writer, to be published, to mean something.