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 inspirational poems are ones that give you a positive thought for your day!

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.

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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.

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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!

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