Poem of the Week: If by Rudyard Kipling

27 January 2012

Today marks just two years of this little blog o' mine's presence on the world wide web. Two years of blessings; two years of lessons; and two years that would not have been the same without each of my precious readers. Although I do not always have the time to read every one of your blogs, please know that the fact that you take the time to follow and comment on this little page of my heart's musings means the world to me. 

As this blog progresses into its third year, I thought it ever so appropriate for this week's poem to focus on the purpose I have for this blog. 

By 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! 

'Tis a hefty thing to achieve, but I know I can do all things through Him who gives me strength. By His grace, I will continue growing and learning this next year of blogging. I hope you will join me!

On another topic . . . Partly in celebration of two years of blogging, and partly because it's been simply too long since I've had a contest of some kind, I am pleased to introduce that Living on Literary Lane will be hosting a writing competition! 

What type of writing, you ask? It can be anything you please: short story, poem, historical fiction, nonfiction -- the possibilites are endless! 

{Prizes to be announced in a later post.}

Sharpen your nibs, dust the cobwebs from your imagination, stretch your fingers, and begin! I hope to receive many delightful poems and stories!
"For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope." — Romans 15:4

9 epistles:

  1. Lovely! I was writing a story that is too long for another contest I was planning to enter, but it should be perfect in this one.

  2. Happy Blogoversary, Elizabeth!

    Oh, I do so love a writing contest! You can count me in. :)


  3. Oh wow, congratulations on 2 years of blogging, Elizabeth! Your blog has been a blessing to me in so many ways, keep blogging for Jesus. This poem is a challenging one, but amen, we can do all things through Christ, who strengthens us. Thanks for sharing!

    In His love,

  4. I absolutely adore that poem. I may have to write it down in my smash book. And I do believe I will enter this writing contest of yours. I wrote a pretty poem that my friends really liked a week or so ago, and I think I will enter it.

    Happy 2 year blog-oversary!

  5. btw, how do we enter? should i email it to you?

    1. Jessica: Yes, please email it to me. :)

      Elizabeth Rose

  6. I love the poem If. I memorized part of that last year but didn't get the whole thing cemented in my brain. (I think I'll have to try the get the rest quite soon.)

  7. Sounds fun! Too bad I didn't see this post until just now.... Oh well. )

    BTW, I tagged you on my blog: straighttalktogirls.blogspot.com

    His Princess,

  8. How are you ever going to be able to chose a winner?


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