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MY INTERPRETATION OF IF BY RUDYARD KIPLING

MY INTERPRETATION OF IF BY RUDYARD KIPLING - CHOSEN AS POEM OF THE WEEK TODAY SUNDAY 11TH OF DECEMBER. If you can keep calm when all around you, Are frustrated, and angry with you, Always believe in yourself, and be true, Don’t be too proud, be positive with others too, All good things, come to those that wait, Don’t ever listen to lies, that’s a fact, Try to avoid being hated, don’t ever hate, Do not show off, and from yourself distract. Dream, but do not let dreams absorb you, Put all to thought, and exercise this thru, If you succeed, become befallen too, And meet these dire opposites at their game, Stand up to truths that you believe in, They know not what they speak, they only shame, So jealous of your hard earnings, a twin to sin They try to mimic, to no avail, they do not gain. Put all you have achieved to one side Knowing who you are, believe in do or die, You might lose, begin again, with it abide. Tell no one of any loss, reach for the sky, If you can use your strength, and soul, To carry on, as grace helps you to become whole, And try everything within, to reach your goal, Tell them I’ll carry on, not dig myself a hole! If you speak with others, to thy self be true, Be proud, never lose sight of who you are, If friend or foes have no ability to scar, If they agree with what you say, but not with all, Learn to forgive, don’t think you are a cut above, If all you say is worthy within sixty seconds You have achieved your worth on earth, And--- indeed more--- you’ll be a man my son! IF BY RUDYARD KIPLING A FEW KEY WORDS OR PHRASES HAD TO BE KEPT IN MY INTERPRETATION OF THE POET’S POEM 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 these 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 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!

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Date: 1/19/2023 12:19:00 PM
Jennifer this is incredible Poetry. Sorry for late response. A favorite.
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Date: 1/10/2023 1:45:00 AM
Belated congratulations Ms. Jennifer..words of wisdom for us all.
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Date: 12/17/2022 3:55:00 PM
Congratulations on the POTW! Beautifully penned and you nailed it.
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Date: 12/14/2022 3:03:00 PM
Congratulations on your POTW. A wonderful write. I love it. Blessings...........
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Date: 12/13/2022 1:33:00 PM
Jennifer, this is truly amazing! A fav for sure. I shall read it again and again. Thank you so much! Elizabeth
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Date: 12/13/2022 7:39:00 AM
Congratulations on your POTW. Way to go. I like that one by Rudyard Kipling. Thanks for sharing your interpretation of it and for dropping by my page. Sara
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Date: 12/12/2022 7:13:00 PM
How did I miss your noble rendering of this classic as POTW, Jennifer?! Looks as if my bouts of on-and-off sleep are lasting longer and longer! ~ Rip Van Wolf
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Date: 12/12/2022 6:34:00 PM
Congratulations! Great up penning! In 1950’, I think all parents hung this in one or all kids’s rooms. Was also 1stlesson in use of male nouns/pronouns meaning to include the female. I liked it as a child, but thought it more demanding the Sermon on Mount. All the demands for perfect, no wonder we gave up and became hippies…
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Date: 12/12/2022 3:56:00 PM
Congratulations, Dear Jennifer, on your POTW. Your interpretation of Rudyard Kipling's poem is brilliant, and deserve the honour. Wise and profound thoughts, so creatively penned. Love and blessings ~ Mala
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Date: 12/12/2022 4:51:00 AM
Jennifer, congratulations on POTW!
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Date: 12/11/2022 11:38:00 PM
Congratulations on your POTW. Well done.
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Date: 12/11/2022 9:31:00 PM
If you speak with others, to thy self be true, never lose sight of who you are." I completely agree. Jennifer, you've created a masterpiece with your words. This is beautiful and uplifting, all at the same time. I'm holding your thoughts so close. Congratulations my dear friend, on Poem of the Week. Many wonderful blessings to you. :) Hugs, Brandy
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Date: 12/11/2022 7:53:00 PM
you chose a great man to emulate with your words. Great words of advice indeed
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Date: 12/11/2022 7:53:00 PM
oh and I am seeing POW . Wow. congrats
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Date: 12/11/2022 6:45:00 PM
Jennifer, you have done an excellent job interpreting Rudyard Kipling's poem "If," and you should be congratulated and very proud of the honor of being selected as the recipient of the poem of the week. Appreciate your kind comments on my page. Hugs and blessings
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Date: 12/11/2022 5:49:00 PM
Dear Jenn, there is a big smile on my face knowing you have been given the Poem of the Week for your If adaptation. I hope you find much joy for this blessing bestowed upon you, even as you have brought blessings to so many.
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Date: 12/11/2022 4:56:00 PM
A wonderful interpretation of Rudyard Kipling’s poem *If* well done and congratulations on receiving the honour of poem of the week Jennifer. Hugs and blessings… Belle
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Date: 12/11/2022 3:43:00 PM
Jennifer, wow, inspiring ! I needed to read this today. A Fav for me. Congratulations on receiving your deserving POEM OF THE WEEK honor, blessings
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Date: 12/11/2022 1:25:00 AM
Back with congratulations Jennifer on the well deserved honour of POTW. Tom
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Date: 12/10/2022 6:10:00 PM
I just love your adaptation of one of my favorite all-time poems, now yours is going in my faves to enjoy again and again. You and I have much in common, including the high value of humility and forgiveness, balanced by a resolute nature that stands up for what one believes is right. So well done, my friend. Blessings and hugs ~ John
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Date: 12/10/2022 3:30:00 PM
Just do what you believe to be right even when others think you are wrong and even shun you for it. Hold no grudge for wrong doings just carry on and when in doubt don't - Ask Jesus for guidance when in doubt. Don't let anyone know too much about you because familiarity often breeds contempt and you can be giving your enemy ammunition. This is great stuff and a fave for me. God Bless, JB
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Date: 12/9/2022 2:05:00 AM
That's right. Stand up and be tall and always on the right side of things.
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Date: 12/8/2022 10:55:00 AM
Love your interpretation Jennifer, hope you are keeping well. Tom
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Date: 12/8/2022 9:43:00 AM
Always been one of my favorites, Jennifer. nice job on the "update"
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Date: 12/8/2022 7:38:00 AM
- "Always believe in yourself, and be true" ... a lovely poem in your version, dear Jenny :) - hugs
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