IF is one of the most motivational and inspiring pieces ever written. This poem is presented on specialty paper in a serene waterfall design. It can be personalized for a special young man or woman with his or her name, optional special occasion date, and an area for his picture...Or the poem can stand alone without any personalization...you choose. Either way, it is a very fitting birthday, graduation, gift for a son, grandson, husband, or nephew. Also, our past experience has shown that this item is a very popular corporate gift for motivational type team building sessions. You may elect to delete the last phrase "And - which is more - you'll be a Man my son" from the poem, to make it more of an appropriate gift for a woman. ($19.95 is the unframed price)
This is not an original Personal Keepsakes, Inc. verse
Fill out the personalization questions above to order your Poetry Gift. Examples of answers are listed below.
1. Phrase Above Name (optional) - (Examples: Congratulations, Good Luck, etc.)
3. Closing Phrase and Your Name(s) (as seen after poem) - (Examples: Good Job, Mr. Daniels; With Love, Mom & Dad; etc.)"
Rudyard Kipling's poem reads...
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream-and not make dreams your master;
If you can think-and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"
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!
Your Poetry Gift can be designed with or without a cut-out opening for a photo next to the poem. A second sheet underneath the poem and photo cut-out is a heavy stock paper with the words "Place Photo Here."
There is no need to send us a photo. You or the gift recipient can easily add a photo after the Poetry Gift arrives. The photo is positioned in back of the opening and then taped on the paper. You have the option of attaching a photo before you give the person the gift or the person receiving the gift can easily insert the photo.
The photo opening is approximately 2-1/4" x 3-1/4". This size opening is perfect for a large wallet size photograph, but you can also display the most important part of a larger photo. If you do not want a photo area in your Poetry Gift, choose the No Photo Area option when placing your order.
When you plan to send the Poetry Gift directly to someone and you have a photo you would like displayed in the photo area, we can insert your photo if you e-mail a photo attachment to us at email@example.com after you place your order. Please let us know that you are emailing us your photo when you place your order by typing that information in the "Comment" section of the order form after you enter your email address.
We understand that some of our customers enjoy writing their own poetry. If you would like to express your feelings in your own words and in your own style about someone dear to you, we will be happy to design it in one of our Poetry Gifts. Click on the link if you would like to create your own Poetry Gift in this picture frame.
Or if you want to shop around for a different design or if you want to frame your poem go to our Design Your Own Poem category.
The "Design your Own Poem" option is intended for customers to have their poems, verses and remarks designed into one of our designs or frames seen on this website. We do not design copyrighted works created by other people or poets of which you do not have permission to use. Please only submit non-copyrighted material to be designed by our company. Thank you.