By Josie Whitehead

(I've 'shadowed' the rhythm of Rudyard Kipling's poem: 'If'')


If you can struggle on when others scorn you,
     Ignoring those who think you are a joke.
If you believe in YOU when others doubt you
     Disregarding words and actions that provoke.

If you can override the storms of anger
    That lead you to revenge and inner grief.
If you can shut the door on these things firmly
    There's happiness that goes beyond belief.


Copyright on all my poems

* This was one of almost 400 poems which was chosen by teachers and children for publication and it was published in my book: 'Reflections' in 2010 by AMS Educational Publishers, Leeds.


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