A tribute to Rudyard Kipling's "If"

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Response and tribute to Rudyard Kipling's poem If in light of the times we live in.

Submitted: July 29, 2012

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Submitted: July 29, 2012



The fight continues

With all our hearts, nerves and sinews

We told them to “hold on”

Even if we’re not old enough to claim them gone


We walked with kings and crowds

We became humble when we should be proud

We try not to lose the common touch

Because what’s in common is simply too much


We never gave way to hating but waiting

And waited we did while in the path of escaping

We won and lost and won and lost and won

Then we thought about which one means which one?


We seem to know what’s going on that’s how we lose

Then with what we lose we stoop and we reuse

Imagine winning with worn out tools someone else’s refuse

Give it to others on a handy platter but leave enough clues


And now we seem to forgive but don’t fill the sixty seconds

We gulped what happened but for some reason we ask for seconds

And men we are after the men we were made even when crowds crowd us

They don’t forgive us because they’re somewhere above the clouds. Hush!

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