Tuesday, September 06, 2005

by The Windjammer

The following poem is by one of my contemporaries. I think that it is especially appropriate when considered in the light of the aftermath of Katrina. You can apply it to any individual whom you believe it fits and who may have been the real hero of the period. Although we shared only a few years of our lifetimes and never met, the man who wrote it was a several years older and a whole lot smarter than me. I can only sit by and enjoy and appreciate what he wrote.


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 in 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 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


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Anonymous said...

I noticed there hasn't been too much talk about Iraq on this blog. Thought maybe I'd try and start some dialogue by posting some good news

and bad news