If - by Rudyard Kipling  

rm_Vitruvius78 39M
127 posts
8/5/2006 11:14 am

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8/23/2006 1:45 am

If - by Rudyard Kipling

(I want to share with you one of my favorite poems that symbolize in my opinion what beauty is in essence and how I would love to give this advice to my own child one day. Please do not consider it sexist of Kipling to address a son, and notice that Man comes with a capital M)

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 all 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!


seek_my_flame 41F
465 posts
8/6/2006 1:46 am

Great words... May I borrow them? I am sure that Kipling wouldn't mind... I would love to give those to my children as well when the right time comes... Thanks for sharing!


economickrisis 56M

8/6/2006 7:00 pm

Kipling nailed this very well. When my boy was small I taught him to recite that poem. Now he's bigger, I see its work in him.


Sailor376 64M
2288 posts
8/7/2006 6:35 am

Hello V,

Decades since I read this. So long forgotten. It speaks to me today.

Dean


rm_corezon 54F
3376 posts
8/7/2006 6:52 am

I have seen this poem many times. My father had a copy on his bedroom wall which I believe his only sister gave to him.


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