Note: This is not a book review.
Before I left for England in July, I noticed lots of buzz on social media about A Poem for Every Night of the Year which was edited by Allie Esiri. The concept intrigued me, as did the stunning cover art by Zanna Goldhawk. Published in the UK, it was not accessible in local bookshops. I was on a mission — FIND THIS BOOK while in England. Success! I found it in a tiny, but adorable bookshop in Lyme Regis. Sadly, it was too big to put in my suitcase. I’m a huge supporter of my local indie, but in this case I needed Amazon to come to the rescue. (Sorry, Concord Bookshop. You know I love you!)
So this week I’m here at UNH for the New Hampshire Literary Institutes, and you KNOW what arrived at home the day after I left. Torture! My Poetry Friday offering this week is the poem Esiri selected for today, August 4th — If by Rudyard Kipling. I’m looking forward to exploring this book further when I return home tonight.
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;
(To continue reading, link here.)
Donna over at Mainly Write is graciously hosting this week’s Poetry Friday. Why not join us there and spread some poetry love!