Nil Desperandum

Failure:  look straight into its eyes;

Inhale its scent so pungent, sick and stale;

Move on and try again: head for the skies,

With all endeavour we must sometimes fail.

The weak abandon hope when first refused,

The faint of heart will never try at all;

The arrogant will feel as if abused,

The hopeless will anticipate the fall.

While in the depths look upward to the heights,

Let them seduce, entice, draw you away

From that mired hell, to heaven and beyond;

The darkness bows in fear before the brilliant day.


About Judy Darby

I am currently working on a memoir which I began for my MA in Creative Writing (Nonfiction). It is nearing completion. The most important people in my life are my seven grandchildren, James, Lucy, Emma, Eleanor, Owen, Michael and Tommy - and their parents of course.
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5 Responses to Nil Desperandum

  1. Bill Hargis says:

    I had to read it a few times and think about it, but then it started making sense. Well done aunt Judy

  2. S Hargis says:

    It brought me to tears, only you would understand. Thank you for making my day better.

  3. Rose Little says:

    Hello Judy I have just read your book, Evelyn Road School, Dunstable, where I used to attend, 1958-61, so good to see it! And that led me to this blog of yours tonight. I am mentioned in your book twice, once by name at the back in the register (Rosemarie Munt) and secondly, I am the one who had her weaving cut! (page 174) I do hope to hear from you, Yours, Rose

    • Judy Darby says:

      Hello Rose, Great to hear from you. I am glad that you found two mentions of you in the Evelyn Road book. It’s always good to hear from those who have been kind enough to read my work, especially those who have trod the same path in the distant past! Where do you live now? I visit Dunstable every now and then and am saddened by its decline.

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