Thursday, June 2, 2011

If by Rudyard Kipling

by Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you 
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you; 
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, 
But make allowance for their doubting too; 
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, 
Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies, 
Or, being hated, don't give way to hating, 
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream - and not make dreams your master; 
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim; 
If you can meet with triumph and disaster 
And treat those two imposters just the same; 
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken 
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, 
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken, 
And stoop and build 'em up with wornout tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings 
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss, 
And lose, and start again at your beginnings 
And never breath a word about your loss; 
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew 
To serve your turn long after they are gone, 
And so hold on when there is nothing in you 
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on";

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, 
Or walk with kings - nor lose the common touch; 
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you; 
If all men count with you, but none too much; 
If you can fill the unforgiving minute 
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run - 
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it, 
And - which is more - you'll be a Man my son! 

I saw this over at Communal Global a second ago. I love this poem. Keep your head up.


Buckeroomama said...

Before I read your last line, I thought, "Oh my! The Beckster and I had the same idea!" Heh, heh!

This is one of my favoritest poems, one of the bestest in my book. :)

Tamar SB said...

That is some rug!! And one of my favorite poems, I love your blog for the photos and the wonderful words you right!

Farmgirl Paints said...

that's a tall order...especially friends never hurting you. wish that was possible. i need to man up;) great pic!

Teachinfourth said...

There are so many possibilities in that simple word, 'if.'

Good...or bad.

Susan said...

Yes...this is amazing!! Thanks for sharing Becky♥

Rachel @ A Cupcake for Moose said...

That second paragraph really got me. Dreaming while living and stooping to pick oneself up (and not give way to hating) is quite a tall order. Thanks for sharing this Becky!

septembermom said...

This was one of my Dad's favorites. Thanks so much for posting it.

Formerly known as Frau said...

If can go a long way this there and love it here! have a wonderful day!

M said...

Love the bear! Love that poem!

Busy Bee Suz said...

That is awesome!!! I do hope that was not a real polar bear though....