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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!

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Comments (7)

The painting seems a beautiful irony to me. This is a very fine poem indeed. Your descriptive powers are quite superb and I like the intelligent ending. Most intriguing. Maybe your last line is the point. I'm searching for Villon. Can you message me the title?
Humans have spoiled so many places on our planet... Whether man-made, historic or natural. Sometimes the most beautiful places are the ones inhabited by a few humans who respect their environment or desolate, untouched places.
there's a peopled version of it by Verismo on Google Images. And on Visit Page details that remind me of Jeffrey Smart or Hopper. Le Courbusier might have been inspired by the peopleless scene to make buildings no people would want live in.
powerful stuff. Or could it be early Sunday morning, or so hot and everyone's got an air conditioner?
Unfortunatley, mankind does spoil every beautiful gift we are given. I like the concept
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