Behind every grand glory,
I see a million simple stories…
A tale of trials and tears
gathered through the years.
So, before you covet the rainbow,
be sure you can snug the storm.
Note that this mobile monument
was not built with stones and cement.
This skyscraper of success
was built with bricks of blunders;
every masterpiece you see in this
castle was made with messy pieces.
I went through hell and high waters
before I got to this garden that glitters.
I stand tall among stars because
I refuse to squat with my scars.
I didn’t become a champion by chance,
I chose to get cheered on by challenges.
This sweet smile on my face is nothing
but a signature of strength and hope.
I sometimes weep secretly
seeking the courage to cope.
So, before you covet this glory,
be willing to live this story.
Glance through the sour blunders
that birthed this sweet wonder.
From pain to pain, I keep moving.
From fault to fault, I keep improving.
I got this robust reward partly
because I kept failing forward.
© Adeleke Adeite