About a week ago I caught one of my favorite radio talk shows, Forum with Michael Krasny on KQED Public Radio in San Francisco. His guest was Mardy Grothe of DrMardy.com. They discussed Grothe’s book “Ifferisms.” Think aphorism, but using the word if. Fascinating stuff.
While listening to the radio program, I started thinking of my favorite poem, “If”, by Rudyard Kipling. Later in the show Grothe mentions “If” and how it is one of the two or three most recognized poems in the English-speaking world. I had no idea that many people recognize it. The appeal is obviously quite universal.
I learned “If” by rote when I pledged my fraternity back in 1985. While pledging my frat – Omega Psi Phi, Incorporated – I also learned the poem “Invictus” by William Earnest Henly. Listening to Krasny’s interview of Grothe also reminded me this powerful set of syllables…
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