Famous Poems in Bed No. 5: 'If' in Bed

Based on "If" by Rudyard Kipling

by Lyle Carlyle

IF you can keep your head in bed when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself in bed when all men doubt you
But make allowance for their doubting too,
If you can wait in bed and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated in bed, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise in bed:

If you can dream in bed--and not make dreams your master,
If you can think--and not make thoughts your aim in bed;
If you can meet in bed with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken in bed
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things in bed you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools in bed:

If you can make in bed one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again in bed at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew in bed
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ''Hold on!'' in bed

If you can talk in bed with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings--nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you in bed;
If all men count with you in bed, but none too much,
If you can fill the unforgiving minute in bed
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it in bed,
And--which is more--you'll be a Man in bed, my son!

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