ABC Wednesday-I for If

ABC Wednesday this week I for insect: dragonfly. So I show you this handsome insect which I like it so much.
ABC Wednesday I for If too. “If” is the poem I like it so much and would like to share with you here.

"If" is a poem written in 1896 by the then 31-year-old Rudyard Kipling. It was first published in the Brother Square Toes chapter of Rewards and Fairies, Kipling's 1910 collection of short stories and poems.


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 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!

9 Responses to "ABC Wednesday-I for If"

Sylvia K (visit their site)

Great shot of that guy! And favorite words from Kipling! Lovely post!


Tumblewords: (visit their site)

Wonderful capture of the dragonfly! I've always loved these words of Kipling.

~JarieLyn~ (visit their site)

That's a cute little dragon fly. I love the poem. Even though it was written so long ago it's still good advice for today. Thanks for sharing that with us.

magiceye (visit their site)

beautiful capture and lovely poem

Q (visit their site)

Always great to read this poem.
I am very fond of bugs!

Jay (visit their site)

It's a great poem - still worth reading today!

Roger Owen Green (visit their site)

Spot on

Sunita (visit their site)

I love this poem of Kipling's. I've been trying to get my son to appreciate it too but ...

Jama (visit their site)

Great shot and what a lovely poem.