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If Poems

Find a collection of "If" poems full of wise words to inspire and encourage you. The most famous poem is written by Rudyard Kipling and contains wisdom that we can all benefit from.

The other poems are ones that focus on "what if". We hope these poems are ones that give you a positive thought for your day!

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    About the poem, If by Rudyard Kipling, Joseph Morris wrote: "The central idea of this poem is that success comes from self-control and a true sense of the values of things. In extremes lies danger. A man must not lose heart because of doubts or opposition, yet he must do his best to see the grounds for both. He must not be deceived into thinking either triumph or disaster final; he must use each wisely--and push on. In all things he must hold to the golden mean. If he does, he will own the world, and even better, for his personal reward he will attain the full stature of manhood.

  1. IF
    Poet: 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, 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 imposters just the same;
    If you can bear to hear the truths 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.



  2. Contentment
    Poet: Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    If any line that I ever penned,
    Or any word I have spoken,
    Has comforted heart of foe or friend -
    In any way, why my life, I'll say,
    Has reaped the reward of labour,
    If aught I have said, or written, has made
    Gladder the heart o' my neighbour.

    If any deed that I ever did
    Lightened a sad heart's sorrow,
    If I have lifted a drooping lid
    Up to the bright to-morrow,
    Though the world knows not, nor gives me a thought,
    Nor ever can know, nor praise me,
    Yet still I shall say, to my heart alway,
    That my life and labour repay me.

    If in any way I have helped a soul,
    Or given a spirit pleasure,
    Then my cup of joy, I shall think, is full
    With an overflowing measure.
    Though never an eye but the one on high
    Looks on my kindly action,
    Yet, O my heart, we shall think of our part
    In the drama, with satisfaction.



  3. The Tiny Word of "If"
    Poet: Catherine Pulsifer, © 2020


    "If" a tiny word
    That used the wrong way can sound absurd
    Looking back and wondering "if"
    Is about as good as jumping off a cliff.

    "If" is a word of regret
    For passions that were never met.
    You can't change the past
    And wondering "if" just makes it last.

    Focus on the future and forget the "ifs"
    Don't get caught in the "what if" riff.
    Learn all you can and move forward today
    Which will allow you to look back without dismay.



  4. Don't Let What If
    Poet: Catherine Pulsifer, © 2020


    Rather than wonder, what if,
    Live your life with confidence.
    You made your choices, let them be
    Do go back to, what if, could I see.

    If I had done this and if I had done that
    Won't change a thing or bring your choice back.
    Things may have been different, without a doubt
    But focusing on what if will only make you pout.

    No matter what faces you today
    Use your knowledge to find your way
    Do the best that you can do
    Don't let "what if" get in the way!



  5. Inspiration
    Poet: Unknown

    If I could climb to heavenly heights,
    And beg one gift from the white-winged choir
    I would not ask a greater boon
    Than the power to inspire,
    To lift by timely words and acts
    The weak from day to day,
    To point them to a higher life
    To brighten all their way.



  6. If Man...
    Poet: Howard Carleton Tripp

    If man would but his finer nature know!
    How much of sorrow, misery and woe
    Would from his life be sifted out, and then
    Much nobler still might be his fellow men!

    If man would but his better nature learn!
    How much of passion, much of sins that burn
    The life-blood from his heart so full of doubt
    Might, by this learning, all be blotted out!

    If man would but his finer nature feel!
    How many painful wounds his hands might heal
    That now make miserable his brothers, when
    They should be helpful, earnest, toiling men!

    If man would truly know and feel and learn
    His better nature, he to God must turn
    And walk with Him who on dark Gallilee
    Walked o'er the waves and set the sinner free.

    If man would grandly feel and learn and know
    His better nature he could onward go
    From one great deed to others just as grand,
    Until he came to God's fair Perfect Land.



  7. If And Perhaps
    Poet: Emma C. Dowd

    If every one were wise and sweet
    And every one were jolly;
    If every heart with gladness beat,
    And none were melancholy;
    If none should grumble or complain,
    And nobody should labour
    In evil work, but each were fain
    To love and help his neighbour -
    Oh, what a happy world 'twould be
    For you and me - for you and me!

    And if, perhaps, we both should try
    That glorious time to hurry;
    If you and I - just you and I -
    Should laugh instead of worry;
    If we should grow - just you and I -
    Kinder and sweeter hearted,
    Perhaps in some near by and by
    That good time might get started.
    Then what a happy world 'twould be
    For you and me — for you and me!



  8. If You...
    Poet: Unknown

    If you can go to church, when all about you,
    Are going everywhere but to the house of prayer,
    If you can travel straight, when others wobble,
    And do not seem to have a righteous care;
    If you can undertake a noble service.
    Expecting others to pitch in and boost,
    But find them doing everything to hinder
    Or sitting down like biddies on a roost.

    If you possess yourself and pray, "God bless you"
    When every muscle in you aches to smite;
    When something says, "Give up, give up the struggle!
    Since others fall, why stand alone, and fight?"
    You'll find a Presence by you, in the furnace,
    You'll find a Presence by you, on the sea,
    You'll find a Presence by you, in the battle -
    Yes! everywhere and always, Victory!

    If you can trust, when others faint and falter.
    Or stand and serve, when others flee away.
    Unmoved by either Jezebel or Ahab,
    Remaining faithful every livelong day,
    If you can keep your courage up, and boost it,
    Yes! boost the Church right on, until the end,
    You'll prove yourself a very Noble Human,
    And what is more, you'll be a saint, my friend

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