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If Two

by Mike Singleton - Mikeydred 2 months ago in social commentary · updated 2 months ago
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Inspired By Rudyard Kipling, David Gates and Writing For Vocal


This is a semi free form poem Inspired by Rudyard Kipling's “If”, David Gates’ “If” and just Writing For Vocal. You can listen to me reading it in the video if you would like.


If You Can Always Keep Your Calm

After Your Third Rejection

Even Though They Never Say Why

Then You Are On The Right Track


If You Can Always Keep Your Calm

After Waiting For A Week

For Your Story’s Publication

You Are On The Right Road


If You Can Always Keep Your Calm

When Your Reads Are At Zero

Though You Know You Are Being Read

You Are Taking The Right Way


If You Can Always Keep Your Calm

When You Know Your Work Is Wonderful

But Not Deemed A Top Story

You Are Nearing Perfection


If You Can Always Keep Your Calm

When You Write For A Challenge

You Know You Cannot Win

You Will Be Seen As A Star


Always Keep Calm

Always Be Positive

And One Day

What If Might Happen


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  • Jonathan Townend18 days ago

    Great truthful piece of poetry. An inspiring read😊!

  • LilyRoseabout a month ago

    Reading this made me smile - very apt poem for most of the readers here! Looking forward to reading your other works!

  • Oneg In The Arcticabout a month ago

    Great poem Mike

  • Graham Cooke2 months ago

    Nice one Mike.

  • Dawn Salois2 months ago

    Congratulations on your Top Story, Mike! Great work!

  • Rick Henry2 months ago

    Clever thoughts... Simply stated... Good job!!!

  • Netherland Poetry2 months ago

    This is wonderful! And such a good reminder - in today's age of instant feedback and to some, instant gratification, staying calm often feels out of reach. This is truly beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

  • Linda Rivenbark2 months ago

    A very good take on "If" for Vocal creators! I discovered Kipling's poem (If) in high school and read it until I could repeat it from memory. It contains so much truth, as does your "If Two". Hearted it.

  • Babs Iverson2 months ago

    Inspirational and motivational. Kipling's poem, "IF" is one of my all time favorites. Loving this!💖💕

  • Very beautiful and inspirational!

  • Cathy holmes2 months ago

    This is great Mike. Love it.

  • The Dani Writer2 months ago

    That is precious, Mike!

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