You Learn By Living
by J. Patrick Lewis
for Eleanor Roosevelt
Who showed the world the world itself
Was awkward, shy and plain.
A high-born leader in a long,
Low decade full of pain.
Poor farmers, blacks, homeless, the least
Advantaged hoped to see,
Pure human dignity.
A lady first, the great first lady
Looked fear in the face,
And said, There is no room for fear
When courage take its place.
You can find this poem in Vherses: A Celebration of Outstanding Women.