Berton Braley

(1882 - 1966 / Madison, Wisconsin)

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Berton Braley (29 January 1882 – 23 January 1966) was an American poet.
Braley was born in Madison, Wisconsin. His father, Arthur B. Braley, was a judge; he died when Berton Braley was seven years old. At 16, Braley quit high school and got a job working as a factory hand at a plow plant. After a few years, Braley went back to school and received his high school diploma. Shortly thereafter he discovered Tom Hood's poetry instructional book The Rhymester.
Braley was first published at the age of 11 when a small publication printed a fairy tale he wrote. He was a prolific writer, with verses in many magazines, including Coal Age, American Machinist, Nation's Business, Forbes ... more »

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  • J. Chris Hausler (5/17/2018 11:54:00 AM)

    Another poem by Mr. Braley is An Unsung Hero about train dispatchers, appeared in Santa Fe Magazine, June 1913

  • chante fisher (11/16/2017 10:44:00 AM)

    I love all of these beautiful poems

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Best Poem of Berton Braley

The Will To Win

If you want a thing bad enough
To go out and fight for it,
Work day and night for it,
Give up your time and your peace and
your sleep for it

If only desire of it
Makes you quite mad enough
Never to tire of it,
Makes you hold all other things tawdry
and cheap for it

If life seems all empty and useless without it
And all that you scheme and you dream is about it,

If gladly you'll sweat for it,
Fret for it, Plan for it,
Lose all your terror of God or man for it,

If you'll simply go after that thing that you want.
With all your ...

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