Keep Your Grit
By Mabel E. Bailey
Hang on! Cling on! No matter what they say;
Push on! Sting on! Things will come your way.
Sitting down and whining never helps a bit.
Best way to get there is by keeping up your grit.
Don’t give up hoping when the ship goes down.
Grab a spar or something – just refuse to drown.
Don’t think you’re dying just because you’re hit.
Smile in face of danger and hang to your grit.
Folks die to easy – they sort of fade away;
Make a little error, and give up in dismay.
Kind of man that’s needed is the man with ready wit.
To laugh at pain and trouble and keep his grit.