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“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, If: A Father's Advice to His Son
 

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I'm a big Kipling fan. My surname appears in some of his stories. But my favourite short story is The Man Who Would Be King.
 

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I studied ‘If’ as part of my English Literature studies at school, a stunning piece of poetry 👍👍👍
 

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When tomorrow starts without me
And I’m not here to see
If the sun should rise and find your eyes
All filled with tears for me

I wish you wouldn’t cry
The Way you did today
While thinking of the many things
We did not get to say

I know how much you love me
As much as I love you
Each time that you think of me
I know you will miss me too

When tomorrow starts with out me
Please try to understand
That an angel came and called my name
And took me by the hand

The angel said my place was ready
In heaven far above
And That I would have to leave behind
All those I Dearly Love

But When I walked through Heaven’s Gates
I felt so much at home
When GOD looked down and smiled at me
From his golden throne

He said This Is Eternity
And All I promised you
Today for life on earth is done
But Here it starts a new

I promise no tomorrow
For today will always last
And Since each day’s the exact same way
There is no longing for the past

So When Tomorrow starts without me
Do not think we’re apart
For every time you think of me
Remember I’m right here in your heart

Author: David M Romano

or to hear it as it should be read....

 

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If you can keep your head whilst all those about you are losing theirs... you've probably missed something.
 

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The boy stood on the burning deck
Eating red hot scollops
A drop of fat fell off of one
And burn him on the b………..

Bernard Manning.

About the limits of my poetry knowledge.
Other than the “Charge of the Light Brigade“ but only then because of Iron Maiden’s “The Trooper”.
 

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The boy stood on the burning deck
Eating red hot scollops
A drop of fat fell off of one
And burn him on the b………..

Bernard Manning.

About the limits of my poetry knowledge.
Other than the “Charge of the Light Brigade“ but only then because of Iron Maiden’s “The Trooper”.
Try Rime of Ancient Mariner by Iron Maiden (or S,T Coleridge)
 

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Try this for a piece of poignant poetry... my favourite piece ever... when I was a young lad I so wanted to be a pilot (I still do at 63) the joy of flying still thrills me, ( probably why I ride a motorbike, the closest thing to flying I can get)
 

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I've finished life's chores assigned to me,
So put me on a boat headed out to sea.
Please send along my fishing pole
For I've been invited to the fishin' hole.

Where every day is a day to fish,

To fill your heart with every wish.
Don't worry, or feel sad for me,
I'm fishin' with the Master of the sea.

We will miss each other for awhile,
But you will come and bring your smile.
That won't be long you will see,
Till we're together you and me.

To all of those that think of me,
Be happy as I go out to sea.
If others wonder why I'm missin'
Just tell 'em I've gone fishin'
 

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Try this for a piece of poignant poetry... my favourite piece ever... when I was a young lad I so wanted to be a pilot (I still do at 63) the joy of flying still thrills me, ( probably why I ride a motorbike, the closest thing to flying I can get)
Sadly Magee died in December 1941 in a mid air collision.
 

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Kipling has probably been banned by the snowflakes now
 
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