…an Author’s version of ‘IF’… with acknowledgements to Rudyard Kipling…


If you can use your Mac when all about you

Is Starbucks’ noise and din;

If you can get it on the page,

Then you’re on your way to win;

A first draft, then a second,

And edit as you go,

With no adverbs, ‘ands’ or ‘buts’,

Just let the phrasing flow;


If you can visualise-and not be too distracted;

If you can make the plot arc strong,

No editorial triumph nor disaster

With sentence, short or long;

If you can read a bad review,

And not cry nor sob nor weep,

Then throw it in the bin;

For sure, you’ve earned your sleep;


If you can take rejection slips

And make a pile a mountain high;

Then start again on query letters,

With not a single, doleful sigh;

If you can read your novels’ rankings

And accept them,  high or low

With a massive pinch of writers’ salt,

You’ve won the scribbler’s throw;


If you can steer the Internet

Toward readers, blogs and such;

If you can keep all of that in balance,

Then you’ve found the magic touch;

If you can fill the unforgiving page

With reams of joy and fun–

Yours is the Web and everything that’s in it,

And–which is more–you’ll be a Scribe, my son!



Filed under Blether, Scribbling & Stuff

34 responses to “…an Author’s version of ‘IF’… with acknowledgements to Rudyard Kipling…

  1. Reblogged this on Claire Stibbe and commented:
    One of my favorite poems! And this is a close second. Absolutely meant to be shared.

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  2. Nice one, Seumas. I’m sure Rudyard would be pleased. I will re-blog it. Cheers.

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  3. Good one, Seumas! Blessing to ye!

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  4. I think you pretty much nailed it down, Seumas. Good piece. 🙂


  5. Beautifully put (if somewhat borrowed) but I love it anyway!

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  6. A great version of a great poem. Thanks. Made my day.

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  7. Annette Rochelle Aben

    WIcked clever!

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  8. Clever and creative, my friend. Thanks for the smile this day.

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  9. Now I’ll have to find the original poem.

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  10. Very fitting homage to the original and to all writers. Thank you, Seumas!

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  11. Les Bush Poet

    Reblogged this on ldbush21.

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  12. Pingback: …an Author’s version of ‘IF’… with acknowledgements to Rudyard Kipling… | ldbush21

  13. Rossa Ave Fénix

    All the “ifs”… are correct but there is another ….” If I were a rich man…(add nusic)” I woudln’t have to bother about money and the… why worry in all the “igs” above!!!!!!!!!!! and Amazone and so on… hahahahaha

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