Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Or a woman. Let's not be sexist here. (365 Awesome Poems That Rhyme And Are Worth Reading, 2)

Today's Hot Actress: Monica Keena
If
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 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!

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Why it's worth reading:  The next time you feel like giving up, think this:

If you can fill the unforgiving minute/with sixty seconds' worth of distance run

And see if you don't keep going.

3 comments:

PT Dilloway, Grumpy Bulldog said...

Aw, the picture didn't load. All that's there is a poem. Pleh.

Michael Offutt, S.F.A. said...

Nice poem. Thanks for being so kind in your comments about my book. It makes me giggle with happiness seeing as sales have stagnated.

Briane P said...

PT:

Better on the pic now?

Michael:

I've been thinking. Most people publish a book and get 1000 reviews and then sell a bunch, and then never again sell.

But maybe if the reviews were staggered, so that they appear every 2-3 months after the book was released?

Anyway, your book is really good. It deserves publicity.