If – by Rudyard Kipling

If— by Rudyard Kipling Today I wanted to share with you what has come to be my all-time favorite poem. 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 […]

The Spider and the Fly

The Spider and the Fly The Spider and the Flya fable, by Mary Howitt “Will you walk into my parlor?” said the spider to the fly;“‘Tis the prettiest little parlor that ever you did spy.The way into my parlor is up a winding stair,And I have many pretty things to show when you are there.” […]

That’s not my job (poem)

That’s not my job (poem) Margaret added a poem to the comments over on the “That’s not my job” post (with the funny images of prime examples of this pervasive mindset). I thought it warranted its own post. Thanks, Margaret! That’s Not My Job By Author Unknown This is a story told about four people […]

Keep a-goin’

Keep a-goin’ Keep a-Goin’Frank L. Stanton If you strike a thorn or rose,Keep a-goin’!If it hails or if it snows,Keep a-goin’!‘Taint no use to sit an’ whineWhen the fish ain’t on your line;Bait your hook an’ keep a-tryin’—Keep a-goin’! When the weather kills your crop,Keep a-goin’!Though ‘tis work to reach the top,Keep a-goin’!S’pose you’re out […]

Be Strong

Be Strong Be StrongMaltbie Davenport Babcock Be strong! We are not here to play, to dream, to drift; We have hard work to do and loads to lift; Shun not the struggle, face it, ’tis God’s gift. Be strong, be strong, be strong! Be strong! Say not the days are evil—who’s to blame? And fold […]

Of Royal Birth

Of Royal Birth I am a Child of Royal Birthby Anna Johnson I am a child of royal birth.My Father is King of heaven and earth.My spirit was born in the courts on high.A child beloved, a princess (prince) am I. I’ve always loved this poem because of its simple statement of value of the […]

A psalm of life

A Psalm of Life A Psalm of LifeHenry Wadsworth Longfellow Tell me not, in mournful numbers,Life is but an empty dream!For the soul is dead that slumbers,And things are not what they seem. Life is real! Life is earnest!And the grave is not its goal;Dust thou art, to dust returnest,Was not spoken of the soul. […]

Life Sculptor

Life Sculptor In association with “It is what you make of it” and “The Builders“, by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, here’s another beautiful poem supporting the same point. Life SculptureGeorge Washington Doane Chisel in hand stood a sculptor boyWith his marble block before him,And his eyes lit up with a smile of joy,As an angel-dream passed […]

The Builders

The Builders In relationship with this post (It is what you make of it), the following poem is both enlightening and inspiring. The BuildersHenry Wadsworth Longfellow All are architects of fate,Working in these walls of time;Some with massive deeds and great,some with ornaments of rhyme. Nothing useless is, or low;each thing in its place is […]