Courage is the price that Life exacts for granting peace.
The soul that knows it not, knows no release
From little things.
Knows not the livid loneliness of fear
Nor mountain heights where bitter joy can hear
The sound of wings.
How can Life grant us boon of living, compensate
For dull gray ugliness and pregnant hate
Unless we dare
The soul's dominion? Each time we make a choice, we pay
With courage to behold resistless day
And count it fair.
-- Amelia Earhart, 1927
appeared in Survey magazine
July 1, 1928 p. 60
Poetry Friday is at Mommy's Favorite Children's Books, I believe.