This is the story of a girl’s dream to get an education in spite of the death of her mother. Pauline’s grandfather, her aunts and her uncles have pooled their resources to allow Pauline to continue her education. Not knowing where the remaining funds will come from she wrote the following poem prior to leaving for school. The words are descriptive of the spirit of the Kenyan people as they deal with drought, famine, and other hardships.
DON’T YOU QUIT.
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you are trudging seems all up hill,
When the funds are low and debts are high,
And you want to smile but you have to sigh,
Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit.
Life is strange with its twists and turns,
As everyone of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he or she might have won had one stuck it out.
Don’t give up through the paces seems slow,
You might succeed with another blow.
Success is failure turned inside out,
The silver of the clouds of doubt,
And you can never tell how close you are.
It may be near when it seems a far,
So stick to the fight when you are hardest hit,
It’s when things seem worst that you must NOT QUIT.
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