comes in many forms. Sometimes  its poetry. This poem works wonders for me when I am down. Today is one of those days so I am putting up here  more for my sake than everyone else’s.

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow–
You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than,
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor’s cup,
And he learned too late when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out–
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far,
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit–
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.

Edited to add: for years I thought Sri Aurobindo was the author of this piece. Dont know why. Now, God Google tells me the author is Anon.

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19 thoughts on “Inspiration

  1. thanks for sharing this, it really lifts your spirits and it brought back memories of the morning assembly recitations…i really liked this one!
    except that at that time, these poems/prose were universally hated.. lol.. god, how we;ve changed!! we now use them for inspiration!!!

  2. Hugs Mandy!

    Hope you are feeling better…

    The poem is beautiful and very inspiring… Thanks you for sharing it.
    hey pixie.. glad u liked it.. i like it a LOT too.. 🙂

  3. This is one of my favourite poems. Read “Poison Tree” too if you can and “Road Not Taken”. These three poems give me alot of strength 🙂
    have never read Poison tree…will try n find it…
    Hugsss 🙂

  4. Ok now, I have no idea on poetry ! Did you write this or…. ???? But going by the comments, looks like you are going through a difficult phase. Hang in there, everything shall be back to normal. Aaaal izzz wellll !!! 😀
    i CANNT write poetry to save my life.. this is a poem i remember from childhood. and yes, largely things are back to normal. 🙂

  5. Aw- this brings back such memories :). Definitely a lift so many of us can use.. and isn’t it amazing, how these things mean so much more now than they did in those days?
    u are so right, J… back then this was just a poem someone had to mug up and speak in front of the assembly.. no one really cared to see what the words really meant.

    Btw, I was thinking of you and your geography post as I read the news last night- I wonder how Chile moving 10 feet affects all those map questions on the exam !! 😉
    lol.. 🙂 🙂 i think we shud get in touch with SS regarding this.. wat say?

    1. Hehe, apparently she’s not the Map Monster anymore, now she hosts some Punjabi tv show or something? That’s the last I heard on the grapevine a while back..
      WHAT ARE YOU SAYING>!??!?!! map monster turned punju show host??? baap re…thats …um…scaryy….

  6. Love the lines.

    Mandu, when did you put this one up? Beautiful! (Modesty is not one of my virtues, girl!) 😆
    some days ago Sol.. u dont need to be modest!! u need to be proud of u work and thats wat u are! hugs!!!

  7. Mandira Thanks for sharing.Makes a lot of sense seeing everything around ..
    PS:-finally got around to figuring out how to book mark blogs.You are on my list girl…:)

    yaaay!! thanks for blog rolling me!!!

  8. nvm the author but the poem is wonderful, guess I can use it sometime ! 🙂

    wats nvm??? bookmark that poem, hitchy…the way life is , there are bound to be days when u will need this..

  9. Don’t you know that sometomes the best of things are achieved or received after going through many dark hours? Mamma’s funda- never ever give up. Banegi apni baat!! Cheer up, my braveheart!!!!!
    baap re.. comment main bhi poetry? 🙂 btw, ur fundas are easier said than implimented!!

  10. wow!! wonderful poem. I love “This too shall pass” poem too. Its a very inspirational poem.

    i remember that poem.. but not too well.. shud google it .. and then bookmark it. 🙂

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