Sunday, March 29, 2009

Sharing A Poem

Today I was watching one of Soaring Amongst The Clouds' favorite movie, White Squall. Great movie by the way. A lesson could be learned by all. I suggest you watch it.

Well, in the movie the quoted part of a poem. If was a poem I'd heard in my youth, but had forgotten about it. So, I decided to google it. I was led to share it...


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!

-Rudyard Kipling

*note from me- I love poems, songs, stories, anything that tells a story. I'm very emotional and passionate. Feelings within me stir and burst out. I don't know why, that's just the way I am. This poem stirred many different emotions. In the end, it left me crying...

Care to share one that has spoken to you? That has stirred you?

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