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When people doubt that I will succeed
It don’t dissuade me from chasing my dreams
And cast out doubts of my skills and abilities
Feelings of unworthiness and insecurity
And learn to love me
Because I still believe

When I’m feeling anxious or when my faith is tested
And don’t feel like my prayers are being answered,
I don’t lose hope and patiently await for God to answer me
Because I still believe

When things look bleak
Due to a debilitating disease or disability that may limit me
I won’t let it defeat or hinder me
But strive to beat the odds
And keep my eyes on the prize
Because I still believe

And when my happiness is interrupted
When I suffer losses and disappointment
I maintain my joy and peace
And triumph over tragedy
Because I still believe

And though my heart was once broken
I’m open to find love again
Because I still believe

You can achieve or be anything you aspire to be if you just believe

Disclaimer: The views in this article are those of the author. Prison Journalism Project has verified the writer’s identity and basic facts such as the names of institutions mentioned.

Raheem “Pheed” Wilcox is a writer and poet incarcerated in New Jersey. He writes to inspire people and strives to be the best version of himself. He is currently pursuing a liberal arts degree at Raritan Valley Community College.