Wednesday, June 27, 2012

" IF " a POEM by RUDYARD KIPLING

Today I am sending this very inspirational poem out there...It's one of my favorites.  When I am at a loss, when I feel worn out, when I've been let down, when I am questioning my own actions, often I turn to this poem and read it slowly and carefully, savoring each word, and letting all the words rest upon my muddled thoughts.  And all the words of this poem become a soothing balm.



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 30 December 1865 – 18 January 1936 / Bombay

5 comments:

  1. Thank you for this beautiful poem.

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  2. This has long been one of my favourite poems, too. Very touching and evocative, and from the heart.

    In your first paragraph, you mentioned feeling at a loss or feeling worn out or when you've been let down, you turn to this poem. So...forgive me if I'm being nosey and if it's inappropriate to ask, but...is everything okay? I'm here if you need to chat to a friend...always.

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  3. Just, lovely, Ana - thanks for sharing. This is a good read anytime and truly resonates with me!

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  4. Thank you for the beautiful poem, and I'd like to bear it in my mind whenever felt isolated and worn out.

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  5. I like the part in the poem where it says If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you but make allowances for those doubting too. You have to trust yourself but understand that sometimes people won't trust you. You have to be ok with that. Brilliant. A lot of dept to this poem.

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