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Foundations

Publié le par Bertrand Ricque

Time has come for me to go back to foundations and thus to 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 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 or 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 the words 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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Annie Belquin 27/12/2010 14:42



Bonjour Bertrand,


 


Ce poème est LE poème. Pour mon mari et moi.


Je l'avais découvert via la version française, interprétée sublimement par Bernard Lavillier dans son album "IF" du nom même de ce poème.


C'est celui auquel on repense, auquel on se réfère lors des moments cahotiques de nos existences. Il est notre fondamental.


 


Bonne journée


Annie


 



Bertrand Ricque 27/12/2010 21:41



Merci Annie. C'est gentil. J'ai bien reçu les photos d'Ulysse. C'est un vrai chti... Bises.



benichou 27/12/2010 14:07



J'ai bien aimé le livre de la jungle, et aussi l'homme qui voulait être roi, qui a donné un superbe film avec Michaël Caine et Sean Connery.


Bonnes fêtes.



Bertrand Ricque 28/12/2010 22:26



C'est bien les films. On a parfois un peu de mal quand la lumière se rallume...