Your World

Georgia Douglas Johnson

Poem

Your world is as big as you make it.

I know, for I used to abide

In the narrowest nest in a corner,

My wings pressing close to my side.


But I sighted the distant horizon

Where the skyline encircled the sea

And I throbbed with a burning desire

To travel this immensity.


I battered the cordons around me

And cradled my wings on the breeze,

Then soared to the uttermost reaches

With rapture, with power, with ease!

Main Idea

The main idea of this poem is about life. In each person's world, goals are set and it takes effort to achieve them. This poem shows the importance of never giving up so one may reach their goals. At the end of the poem, it shows the rewards and happiness achieving a goal can bring upon oneself.

Why I chose this poem

I chose this poem because I believe setting goals for myself is very important. With college being around the corner, my personal goals helped me get into the college of my dreams and the rewarding happiness I felt afterwards was similar to the end of the poem. I think this poem can be inspirational to others about reaching their goals. When you do not give up, it pays off in the end.

Song - Fight Another Day

Your broken dreams, your crazy schemes
They always let you down
The things we chase, a hopeless race
You're breathless off the ground


From soaring highs to crash-and-dies
A peace yet to be found
But you could spend a lifetime running
You could spend a lifetime running


And do you feel the fire when the flame gets hot?
Are you living every day like it's the last you got?
Will you step aside when it all falls down
And watch it burn away?


Have a little faith when the walls cave in
Pray for strength to fly against the wind
Will you walk away when the fire gets hot
Or fight another, another day, yeah
Another day, yeah


Your fractured heart, your disregard
It leaves you frozen still
A slow withdrawal from it all
That keeps you unfulfilled


Will you spend a lifetime running?
'Cause you could spend a lifetime running


And do you feel the fire when the flame gets hot?
Are you living every day like it's the last you got?
Will you step aside when it all falls down
And watch it burn away?


Have a little faith when the walls cave in
Pray for strength to fly against the wind
Will you walk away when the fire gets hot
Or fight another, another day, yeah
Another day, yeah


Even when your heart's been broken
He'll be there with arms wide open
Be strong, and his love will lead you to fight another day


Even when your heart's been broken
He'll be there with arms wide open
Be strong, and his love will lead you to fight another day


Even when your heart's been broken
He'll be there with arms wide open
Be strong, and his love will lead you to fight another day


Even when your heart's been broken
He'll be there with arms wide open
Be strong, and his love will lead you to fight another day


Keep your head to the sun 'cause it's shining
Keep your head to the sun 'cause it's shining on you, on you
Keep your head to the sun 'cause it's shining
Keep your head to the sun 'cause it's shining on you, on you


Another day, day
Another day, day

Inspirational video on achieving goals in life.

Poem/Song Connection

Because the poem is about never giving up, I chose a song about perseverance. This song has always reminded me to never give up, even when the times get rough. There is always happiness at the end of achieving a goal or continually pushing yourself. I believe the song and the end of the poem show the outcome of perseverance.

Original Poem (Free - Verse)

To dream and achieve

is easy when you believe


To be rewarded

is more than can be afforded


Always push yourself more than you may need

even when the going gets rough

and you may be surprised how easy you can succeed

what you thought was so tough


To dream and achieve

one can easily receive

a reward meant to relieve