I Am Gary Hampton.


If
November 25, 2007, 1:31 am
Filed under: Blogs

It may be pretty self evident, maybe not, but I’m quite the fan of the art of storytelling. Stories in the form of books, movies, tv shows, music, poetry, etc. I found this poem today, written by Rudyard Kipling, because one of my favorite bands used some of his lines in a song and I kept reading. The works I read made me feel inspired, if only for a short period of time.

An excerpt from his poem ‘If’:

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!

Any recommendations?

-gh

EDIT: As I kept reading I discovered why a lot of his work seemed so familiar, due to his work in the Jungle Book. My family was strong in the Scouting movement growing up, and I had a lot of his work memorized as a child.

This was one of such works:

Now this is the Law of the Jungle — as old and as true as the sky;
And the Wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the Wolf that shall break it must die.
As the creeper that girdles the tree-trunk the Law runneth forward and back —
For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.

-gh

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