Sunday, April 1, 2012



If you can listen to your heart,
When your head is screaming.

If you can see yourself,
Through broken dreams.

If you can speak with a smile,
Through words unspoken.

If you can hold a child,
In arms of love.

If you can walk with grace,
Barefoot through the earth,
And feel the rhythm of natures pulse.

If you can lift the spirits of a shattered life,
When all around you, your life crumbles.

If you can build your future,
On faith and truth,
In a time confused by evils work.

If you can see through eyes of clarity,
And guard strong the mind from polluted thoughts,

If you can cherish the dew of the mornings glory,
And reach to the stars,
Whilst grounded by gravity.

If you can sigh,
Yet find release in those sighs,
And strive to do what you know is right.

If you can hold your head,
While envy burns you,
And nurse the scolds of others hate,

If you can be yourself,
while life is cloned,
And hold fast the gift of freedom.

If you can fight for what is honourable,
Yet hold the banners for peace and justice.

If you can laugh with others who laugh at you,
If you can make yourself laugh,
Then humour is yours.

If you can feel the pain of all mankind,
Yet hold the visions of a better time,
Then yours is life, And everything in it.

And which is more,
you'll be ....... my child.

~Joannda Riche~

A Tribute to Rudyard Kipling’s ‘If’

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