The Grind

Kyler Koch

On Quitting by Edgar Allen Guest

How much grit do you think you've got?

Can you quit a thing that you like a lot?

You may talk of pluck; it’s an easy word,

And where’er you go it is often heard;

But can you tell to a jot or guess

Just how much courage you now possess?


You may stand to trouble and keep your grin,

But have you tackled self-discipline?

Have you ever issued commands to you

To quit the things that you like to do,

And then, when tempted and sorely swayed,

Those rigid orders have you obeyed?


Don’t boast of your grit till you’ve tried it out,

Nor prate to men of your courage stout,

For it’s easy enough to retain a grin

In the face of a fight there’s a chance to win,

But the sort of grit that is good to own

Is the stuff you need when you’re all alone.


How much grit do you think you’ve got?

Can you turn from joys that you like a lot?

Have you ever tested yourself to know

How far with yourself your will can go?

If you want to know if you have grit,

Just pick out a joy that you like, and quit.


It’s bully sport and it’s open fight;

It will keep you busy both day and night;

For the toughest kind of a game you’ll find

Is to make your body obey your mind.

And you never will know what is meant by grit

Unless there’s something you’ve tried to quit.

Main Idea

This poem talks about how if you are going through a situation that has a big chance you succeed you'll do it. If you has a situation where there is a small chance in succeeding you are more likely to quit and stop short. Guess explains that you must be courageous and push through all situations. Be courageous and you will succeed but if you boast others with surpass you.

Why I chose it

I like poetry but struggle to find poems that interest me enough to dig into them. I love sports and this peom breaks down the struggle you have trying to reach that next level. To almost that reach that next level and quit explains the drive you must have. This poem is motivational to push on and reach the goals of the future.

We Own It (Fast & Furious) (Lyric Video)

We Own It Lyrics

Money's the motivation, money's the conversation
You on vacation, We gettin paid so
We on paycation, I did it for the fam
It's whatever we had to do, it's just who I am
Yeah, it's the life I chose
Gunshots in the dark, one eye closed
And we got it cooking like a one-eyed stove
You can catch me kissing my girl with both eyes closed
Perfecting my passion, thanks for asking
Couldn't slow down so we had to crash it
You used plastic, we 'bout cash
I see some people ahead that we gon' pass

I never feared death or dying
I only fear never trying
I am whatever I am
Only God can judge me, now I'm

One shot, everything rides on tonight
Even if I've got three strikes
I'mma go for it
This moment, we own it
And I'm not to be played with
Because it can get dangerous
See these people I ride with
This moment, we own it

And the same ones that I ride with
Be the same ones that I die with
Put it all out on the line with
If you looking for me you can find Wiz
In the new car or in the crown with
My new broad, thats a fine chick
And the wonder squad, I'm down with
Ain't no way around it
What you say, tell me what you say
Working hard, reppin for my dogs, do this every day
Takin' off, looking out for all, makin sure we ball
Like the mob all you do is call
Catch you if you fall, Young Khalifa


I ride or die for love
This the biggest day of my life
We got big guns, been graduated from knives
It's the day in the life and I'm ready to ride
Got the spirit, I'm feelin like a killer inside
Financial outbreak, I'm free but I ain't out yet
Ridin with the plug so I'm close to the outlet
At the red light, rims sittin off set
I look better on your girl than her outfit

Stuck to the plan, always think that we would stand up, never ran
We the fam and loyalty never change up
Been down since day one, look at where we came from
Jumpin out on anybody who try to say some one thing about it
Got a problem, I got the same one
Money rolls, we fold
Plently clubs we closed
Follow the same code
Never turn our backs, our cars dont even lose control

Hard Times ► Motivational Video ᴴᴰ

The Connection

The song talks about that even if there is no chance of making it that they are going to grind through and overcome. The poem talks about how it is easy to keep a grin when there is a chance to win but when there is a small chance it is easier to quit. Guess goes on to say how the courage you need to have is like the courage the song talks about. Risking it all to improve you nowbeing and gritting passed the rest.

My Original Poem

Grinding on,

Even before the crack on dawn


Is the time to sail through

just like a screw


Twisting and turning

as the flame is burning


The time is now

for you to take a bow