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She stands before the precipice
Open sky, colored in promise
She has fought for this moment
She has learned through pain,
Through failure, heartache,
Sweet compassion grew,
Grace and understanding
She has held and examined
Her own beating heart
And it is strong.
Ears closed to the word “impossible,”
Blind to incredulous “shoulds” and “whys”
Heart forward, she steps out bravely,
She will show them how to fly.

By Laura J. Novak