I thought about only quoting from this poem, but there are too many great moments in it to skip any. One of the authors from my childhood, expressing much more eloquently than I can some of what I hope when I look into my 9-month-old’s eyes.

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 imposters 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 wornout 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 breath 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!


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4 Responses to prophète

  1. KathyB! says:

    If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too…

    That’s my favorite part. To have enough faith to trust your instincts and the strength to follow through in the face of doubt. That’s what I hope to instill in my girls. Confidence.

    And your child is ADORABLE.

  2. faemom says:

    Beautiful. Thanks for posting the poem.
    He is so very adorable. Those curls!

  3. evenshine says:

    Thanks, faemom! We’re not cutting the hair till he’s 2. Not some sort of weird tradition or anything…just love the curls!

  4. evenshine says:

    KathyB!- I love that line, too, really pertinent to all the controversy I get myself into! Thanks!

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