Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Good Poem

"Did you tackle that trouble that came your way
With a resolute heart and cheerful?
Or hide your face from the light of day
With a craven soul and fearful?
Oh, a trouble's a ton, or a trouble's an ounce,
Or a trouble is what you make it,
And it isn't the fact that you're hurt that counts,
But only how did you take it?

"You are beaten to earth? Well, well, what's that!
Come up with a smiling face.
It's nothing against you to fall down flat,
But to lie there-that's disgrace.
The harder you're thrown, why the higher you bounce
Be proud of your blackened eye!
It isn't the fact that you're licked that counts;
It's how did you fight-and why?

"And though you be done to the death, what then?
If you battled the best you could,
If you played your part in the world of men,
Why, the Critic will call it good.
Death comes with a crawl, or comes with a pounce,
And whether he's slow or spry,
It isn't the fact that you're dead that counts,
But only how did you die?"

              -Edmund Cooke


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    1. I'm not a huge poetry fan, but this one, I like! :)

  2. Nice poem! And it is encouraging for me because I have to take a midterm Greek test today and I am pretty sure it is NOT going to go well, but I am trying to be cheerful about it and I just need to buckle down and study hard while I can instead of wasting my time reading controversial discussions on thereb.com or reading poetry like this. Lol. ;)

  3. Ha ha, very funny, Hannah. Very encouraging, Taylor. Thanks for posting this. I don't think I've ever read/heard of any other poems by Edmund Cooke.