Saturday, December 18, 2010

3 Great Poems

"Invictus" By William Ernest Henley

Dark as the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance,
I have not winced, nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeoning of chance,
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears,
Looms but the horror of the shade.
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find me, unafraid.
It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate.
I am the captain of my soul.

"Don't Quit" Author Unknown

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road your trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit
Rest if you must, but don't you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and its turns,
As everyone of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about
When they might have won, had they stuck it out.
Don't give up though the pace seems slow,
You may succeed with another blow.

Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victors cup;
And he learned too late when the night came down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far;
So stick to the fight when your hardest hit,
It's when things seem worst that you mustn't quit!

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 all 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!


  1. Excellent poems. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Quite the motivational touch for this entry, eh? I like them, nice way to start my day. "you'll be a Man, my son!" - awesome!

  3. The first poem is so epic! It could be the lyrics to a metal song!

  4. I like your albert einstine quote.

  5. I loved the three poems but the first one is by far my favorite!

    I am the master of my fate.
    I am the captain of my soul.

    Hell yeah!

  6. I knew about "If" for a long time so my favorite was Don't quit

  7. I love Invictus... I think I love that it's so dark yet pulls you along...

  8. Nice, I loved the first one the best

  9. IF is a classic. Thanks for sharing.

  10. I love "If". It's a shame that most of Kipling's verse is written in mockney. Too many apostrophes.

  11. Adding Bruce Lee to anything makes it 10x more awesome.

  12. Rudyard Kipling has some really deep poems but I really liked the other 2 also.

  13. I am the master of my fate.
    I am the captain of my soul.

    Did you guys see Invictus ( movie)

  14. Everytime i go for a run i read that Bruce Lee story, it inspires me so much.

  15. good quotes, although i disagree with Al. Everything should be simpler than simple :)

  16. albert knew his game. the more complicated you have to make the solution/answer, the less intelligent you are. it should all be simple.

  17. I've always enjoyed the work of Kipling, though my exposure to his poetry is very limited. Thanks for posting.

  18. "success is failure turned upside down."

    very true

  19. Bruce Lee is probably the most quoteable badass of all time.

  20. Im no expert at poetry but this is good indeed.