Mayor Cory Booker Reads Original Poem: "I will not lie down"





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Published on Apr 29, 2012

After announcing the Dodge Poetry Festival will be returning to NJPAC later this year, Mayor Cory Booker reads an original poem.

I will not lie down and I'll never say die
Fallen to the ground - I still believe I can fly

Curse me and you just make me strong
Say I can't and I will prove you wrong

Set your traps and unleash your fire
I won't falter; I'll find a way to fly even higher
In the end you may think I missed my goal
...But you will have it wrong; this is the secret to my soul:

Success isn't about attaining some, prize, medal or pin
It's not about what's outside, but about being faithful to what's in

Don't judge one by their difficulties or how many times they fall
See instead did they have the courage to stand when the world said crawl

See if they held to hope when others turned to despair
See if they gave love when no one else seemed to care

See if they met every darkness with their unflinching light
See if they stood their ground when others surrendered the fight

Whether one lives long or is called home in their youth
Our true obligation is every day to courageously tell our truth
To play small, and deny the world your true spirit is perhaps the greatest sin
So today, right now, YOU BE YOU, and you will always win.

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