Smile at Adversity

Smile at Adversity …


When you’re feeling all “banged-up”…the first step out of bed…

“Smile at Adversity”…don’t let it keep you from moving ahead.

When everything that happens doesn’t seem to go your way…

Don’t let it fret you one bit…There will always be a better day.

When you’re really “killing-it” on the job…

And Someone drags you down…Perhaps a “Butt-hurt” Slob.

Don’t even think…a thing…about it…

You can “Smile at Adversity”…don’t even doubt it.

There will always be new things on the Horizon…

There will always be better things ahead to get done.

Besides…getting all worked up over some type of “Adversity”…

Isn’t going to help you in the long run…and so not necessary.

What happens when you get back up…when you should’ve been knocked down…?

You  know…One minute you were looking ahead…Now you’re looking up from the ground.

And about to get back up…Kickin’ and Screamin’…with a few choice words to say…

“Rollin’ up” your sleeves…’Cause Something or Someone’s…going to pay.

Then…all of the sudden…you begin to cool your jets…

People around you are going to take notice…you can place bets.

The whole World gets quiet for one sec…

Waiting, Pausing…Holding its Breath!

Thinking you should have “gone-off”…like you were “half-crazed”…




Instead you laughed back at the problem…Everyone was amazed.

You just changed the whole scenario…of how that should’ve went down…

When you “Smiled at Adversity”…better than anyone around.

A great philosopher said: “Whatever doesn’t kill you, makes you strong”…

After hearing that one…for many years…turns out he wasn’t wrong.

Ain’t been killed by any “Adversity” yet…so it has to be true…

Not going to start…letting it get to me…I’m here to tell you.

Hey…We all have our weaknesses and our strengths…

I’m not going to act like I’m trying to preach here at length.

I need to remind myself of this…Maybe this Poem will help me see…

So far…I haven’t done this too well…For an example…don’t look to me.

But one thing I can say from personal experience…time and time again…

It is easier to take on “Adversity”…Once you do it with a grin!


“Grin at Adversity”


Steve Walters is one of our newest members on TCE. Keep an eye on his author page for more great works to come.

You can also find works by Steve Walters who uses the pen name of  ManlyPoetryMan on HubPages.

And on Manly Poetry Man’s website: Home | Manly Poetry Man

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7 thoughts on “Smile at Adversity

  • November 4, 2021 at 6:50 PM

    You offer great advice in this poem, Steve. Get back up, kick that adversity in the butt, and forge ahead. Very motivational.

  • November 8, 2021 at 7:15 AM

    “Don’t even doubt…” A very wise poem! Thank you for your poetry inspirational and well crafted always joyful to read. Jamie

  • November 8, 2021 at 2:50 PM

    Welcome to TCE Steve – I really enjoyed this piece & look forward to seeing more of your work.

  • November 15, 2021 at 4:18 PM

    Want to thank RJ Schwartz, Jamie Lee Hamann, Phyllis Doyle Burns, and John Hansen for reading this one called “Smile at Adversity”…and for all of y’all’s great comments. I’m enjoying being on this Site…immensely. (Stepped out and away from the ‘ol computer for a few days) Hope everyone is well on TCE.


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