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    Default I was asked if this poem I wrote could be copied and used as inspiration.....

    I was asked if this poem I wrote could be copied and used as inspiration in these very trying(and dark) times by two different poets this week.
    I immediately told both of them yes. Decided to post it here in the lounge and hope it may give others cause to think-- and know-- that despite
    these harsh times all is not lost. God bless..
    As copied from my home poetry site.

    IF

    If you can help others fulfill their dreams
    And your heart ever seeks far greater Light
    If you hold true, evade life tempting schemes
    And with honor, you sleep in peace at night;
    If better Life and true Love are your goals
    And every day you give your very best
    If you reject dark lusts, their heavy tolls
    And try to give others their needed rest:

    If your family, its love is your rock
    Your spirit will dance with dearest of hope
    If you do not wither from life's hard knocks
    And you endeavor to expand mind's scope;
    If kindness, is steady shield you embrace
    And in its warmth, your soul chooses to bask
    If you find courage's truth, is no disgrace
    And ever seek to learn more when you ask:

    If you embrace Nature, its awesome gifts
    Seek sanctuary in its sweet abode
    If gentleness is your key that uplifts
    And you reject evil you have been sold;
    If in this life, you hold your head up high
    And wake each new morn with thankful delight
    If heart's sincere love you do not deny
    You will find its blessings forever right!

    If in times of sorrow you dare not fold
    And with brave heart face darkest of sorrows
    If years flow, you find you are very old
    And you can face shortness of tomorrows;
    If your past brings with it a certain pride
    And your memories hold that Life was sweet
    If from Light's shining truths you do not hide
    Heaven's gate, your loved ones you will greet!

    Robert J. Lindley, 10-23- 2018
    SilentOne's, 'In response to IF....' contest

    First place awarded....


    Copyright Robert Lindley | Year Posted 2018
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    18 U.S. Code 2381-Treason Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.

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    You just keep getting better and better. Thank you for sharing.
    If the freedom of speech is taken away
    then dumb and silent we may be led,
    like sheep to the slaughter.


    George Washington (1732-1799) First President of the USA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SassyLady View Post
    You just keep getting better and better. Thank you for sharing.
    Thank you my friend, for reading and responding.
    The poem was written based upon the very famous poem by Rudyard Kipling-- also titled , IF......
    Of course his poem gave me the inspiration and his poem is so very much better...
    I hope that you are still writing your own fine poetry my friend. God bless..
    18 U.S. Code 2381-Treason Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.

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