What would you do if you were driving down the road and saw an accident happen? This week a team of high school football players and their coach, on their way home from a game, saw the car in front of them lose control and flip over right in front of them. In the car an elderly couple were trapped and could not get out.  The boys and their coach stopped to help. They all pushed on the car, lifting it high enough to get the man out, and then they freed the woman as well.

The week before a teacher in the classroom threw a basketball at a school shooter to distract him. As a result the teacher was shot and wounded and the shooter taken into custody.

What does it take to do a selfless act. It takes courage. Courage is not something you plan for, but rather something that you do when circumstances call for it.


Courage often unplanned // shows itself upon demand

When bursts of adrenaline flow in waves

Demanding response // and action to save

Seeing others in vulnerable life-threatening positions

Knowing life and death stands between me and split seconds

Would I have the courage to take a stand…

Jump in harm’s way to lend a hand


No one knows how they would react

Overriding fear // having their back

Risking life and limb for ones fellow man

Becoming the hero when adrenaline demands



Thanks to Ali Grimshaw’s blog post that I read today, for the inspiration for this poem. Please check out her post as well:

Courage rides the train

22 thoughts on “Courage

  1. Wow, what wonderful people!
    I recently found out what I’d do in a situation just like that. And I was proud of the outcome.

    Very well-written, and just as inspiring.

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  2. I am so pleased that my poem about courage was inspiring to you. One of the things I like about blogging is the connections being made between people. The first line of your poem is my favorite, “Courage often unplanned // shows itself upon demand” Challenging circumstances can bring forth the best in us.

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    • Thank you for your inspiration. I love the connections made on the blog. It is great to meet people from all over the world! Who would have imagined!
      Yes, courage on demand brings out our best!


  3. I saw that photo and headline story on the computer news. Having firefighters and police officers in the family action often comes thankfully with a bit of training when the unexpected happens.
    Thank you for sharing the photo and your verse 🙂 ~Jules

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