Monday, September 17, 2012

If by Rudyard Kipling

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If

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 impostors 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 worn-out 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 breathe 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!
Rudyard Kipling

16 comments:

Mark, Wendy, Dale and Rose said...

You take such fabulous up close shots! They really tell a story.

April said...

That happens to be one of my favorite poems...and you happen to be one of my favorite photographers and bloggers. Absolutely stunning photos!

Tracy P. said...

Wow, that is certainly true. An unbelievably tall order, but true!! Gorgeous, gorgeous. :-)

for the love of pictures said...

Wonderful post and stunning photos :)

Roger Owen Green said...

Would have been a great ABC Wednesday post this week!

Wanda said...

Wow, how much wisdom and common sense Mr. Kipling packed into those words. What a goal to live by.

photowannabe said...

Thanks so much for publishing the poem in it's entirety.
Its been ages since i read it.
It is such a tall order and one that we should all strive to do.
Amazing photos to go with it too.
Love them and love you sweet Becky.

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

Great photos,poem and great you!
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Skeller said...

so much precious LIFE in your photos. darling little fluffy chicks!

Leanne said...

Lovely. I had read this years abgo but forgotten it. Thanks for sharing!!

Caseybumpinalong said...

such sweet and fun photos. Love em all.

Becca said...

great, beautiful pictures my friend! :-)

Jennifer Hoppins said...

Becky, this is my first experience with this poem, and it captivated me! I love the moments and the realism you capture, real and beautiful!

M said...

You never cease to amaze me.....who could make a carwash look so awesome!!

Katherine said...

Becky i'm so in LOVE with your first shot WOW! amazing capture.

ps: lovely photos as always ;)

((Hugs))

Meghan said...

sigh...i can't stop on your blog today. and here are more words that i needed. sheesh. i love how perfect words show up when you are searching for them. xo