The Rocky Principle

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Author’s Note: I was in Vienna recently and was at the Belvedere Castle when I captured a pair of pics of this statue. In light of the recent events that are going on in our world, one cannot just sit back and let things unfold. If one is unhappy in what is offered, then it is right to make these changes, no matter what price to pay. This poem is in connection with an incident where a person had asked me to fail him a test. The request was denied because as a teacher, it is important for the student to at least try and pass it, instead of failing and with that, drop his grade average significantly. And like in Rocky Balboa, sometimes one has to gain a few points and build off the attempts in order to succeed in the long term. So for all the teachers, coaches, bosses and parents out there, this poem is for you. 

 

There are many aspects that I will tolerate in life because life is full of trial and error.

I will tolerate you talking out of turn, for in turn my fury will make your mouth burn.

I will tolerate you and your insults, for my insults will hurt you more as a result.

I will tolerate you and your attacks, for my attacks will get you back even in the back.

I will tolerate you and your facebook posts, for your posts will be roast by me boasting.

I will tolerate you chasing me, for my friends will chase you and race you until you have no space.

I will tolerate you and your cheating, for your cheating will turn the kitchen into heat.

I will tolerate you trying to kill me, for your bill in the end is killing yourself.

 

But the one thing I will not tolerate is you not wanting to try.

 

All have eyes eager to try

With tireless desire

To reach for the stars and become a star.

To dream big and win bigger.

 

But to be a quitter means to give up

And yourself you will never forgive

At least make an attempt to try

Even if you come away dry.

 

It’s better to garner a few points

It’s better to learn a few points

It’s better collect a few points

Instead of not getting any points.

 

So if you ask me to fail you,

You will indeed fail,

For I will not let you fail

And you shall try not to fail.

 

And even if you fail,

You will fail by trying

And your existence you are justifying

While learning for your next try.

 

It’s better to get a few points,

Than to get no points.

 

Do you understand now?

 

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