IF adapted for Writers and Visionaries
*original poem IF by Rudyard Kipling
IF you can keep your Word when all about you
Are losing theirs and are not sure what to do,
If you can trust GOD when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can WEIGHT and not be tired by WEIGHTING,
Or have writers block, don't say good-bye,
Or being overcome by due dates, don't give way to dating,
And yet don't procrastinate, or close your eyes:
If you can converse - and not make conversation your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Creativity day in and day after,
And treat the spoken word just the same;
If you can bear to see the words you've written
Scanned by scholars to make a better writer of you,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, bitten,
And chewed up and broken apart with worn-out tools:
If you can make one book 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 save the written word when books are few
To make the turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the phrase which says to them: 'Hold on!'
If you can write with lyrics and keep your virtue,
' Or walk with Scholars - nor lose the common touch,
if neither verbs nor pronouns can hurt you,
If all men read with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of writing compiled,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a visionary , MY Child!
And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.
For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.
Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.