Monday, October 18, 2010

Morning Ramble in poet form

This is Gregg and his Dad Gully. As those of you who read this blog know, Gregg is my husband. They have a close, loving relationship and yes I may be prejudiced but they are two of the nicest people I have ever met in my life, and great role models for their children and in Gully's case, his grandchildren. I took this photo over the weekend.

If by 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!


This is one of my favorite poems from childhood.


  1. I'm so glad you have two such beautiful men in your life. Love and respect is such a legacy to pass down to your descendents. Wonderful, wonderful poem!

  2. Two such special people deserve such a fine acknowledgement.

  3. Great to see father and son together. The Poem is one to aspire to unfortunately many fall WAY short. XXX Don

  4. A favorite poem for 2 favorite men. Nice combo!

  5. Beautiful collection, Denise. Words and pictures are equally beautiful. Your entry made my heart glad. Thanks!

  6. That poem would take some work to measure up to! But those men of yours certainly seem to measure up to you and to each other.

  7. You can see their happiness in their faces Denise.

  8. Great shot of your husband and father in law. I like the poem too.