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Mistress Marilyn's POV
No shit, Tempus Fugit!
I'll be a man . . . 
29th-Mar-2006 11:55 pm
colin strength: brn_gamble
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!

Rudyard Kipling, 1895.
30th-Mar-2006 05:39 pm (UTC) - Yes. Apparently so!
You were amazing in the face of exactly those obstacles yesterday -- so I guess you qualify as a 'man' now. (smile) Apparently Kipling didn't realize women would face those things with equal aplomb one day...

I was proud of your calm under fire, as always. Jeff and Rich will improve as they go along, hopefully. (I can't speak to Mark, though...) (sigh)

Great poem. Always was, still is.

This whole thing is an excuse for me to finally use my new 'drama!' icon, too! (grin)
31st-Mar-2006 07:37 am (UTC)
You're more of a man than many I know! And that's an amazing poem that I don't think I ever really read all the way through.
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