''The Quitter'' - By: Robert William Service
05:43 Mar 13 2014
Times Read: 344
This is not by any means one of my own works. But it is a piece of work that speaks to me in allot of ways. The first time I ever heard it was in my "childhood", when I had already died several times, and thus endured something that I would not even wish upon my worst enemy... for I know that what I went through, what I have seen before and after it... I know of very few who would ever survive it even once. Let alone multiple times.
For those who read this, remember-- Some people may or may not know or think that they have had a hard life. We All Have. But when you can endure the pain, suffering and anguish of TRUE Hell... it begins to show in your eyes, one way or another. And for any whom have endured such... 'Unto Thee, My Hat Goes Off'.
Ever wonder why I fear so little of anything, IF anything at all? As with anyone else, My Past is the reason why.
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When you're lost in the Wild, and you're scared as a child,
And Death looks you bang in the eye,
And you're sore as a boil, it’s according to Hoyle
To cock your revolver and . . . die.
But the Code of a Man says: "Fight all you can,"
And self-dissolution is barred.
In hunger and woe, oh, it’s easy to blow . . .
It’s the hell-served-for-breakfast that’s hard.
"You're sick of the game!" Well, now that’s a shame.
You're young and you're brave and you're bright.
"You've had a raw deal!" I know — but don't squeal,
Buck up, do your damnedest, and fight.
It’s the plugging away that will win you the day,
So don't be a piker, old pard!
Just draw on your grit, it’s so easy to quit.
It’s the keeping-your chin-up that’s hard.
It’s easy to cry that you're beaten — and die;
It’s easy to crawfish and crawl;
But to fight and to fight when hope’s out of sight —
Why that’s the best game of them all!
And though you come out of each gruelling bout,
All broken and battered and scarred,
Just have one more try — it’s dead easy to die,
It’s the keeping-on-living that’s hard.