Headless inspiring

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Inside parisian Louvre, a sculpture reminds me of english 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!”

*If, a father’s advice to his son*
written by Rudyard Kipling – english born in India, journalist, story writer and poet.
Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1907

9 thoughts on “Headless inspiring

  1. Love that poem. This statue obviously wasn’t a man. 🙂 When they were little, our daughters loved the headless statues in the museum, even though I couldn’t tell them where the heads were.

    janet

  2. I have always found “IF” an inspiring poem – thank you for refreshing my memory of it. The Winged Victory and the Venus de Milo were always my first targets in the Louvre. Much more impressive now than they were when made. Ruins make great pictures – same applies to statuary? Des.

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