Berton Braley

Berton Braley
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 ...
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The Will To Win
If you want a thing bad enough
To go out and fight for it,
Work day and night for it,
Start Where You Stand
Start where you stand and never mind the past,
The past won't help you in beginning new,
If you have left it all behind at last
With doubt and dismay you are smitten
You think there's no chance for you, son?
Why, the best books haven't been written
If you want a thing bad enough
To go out and fight for it,
Work day and night for it,
The Old Top Sergeant
TWENTY years of the army, of drawing a sergeant's pay
And helping the West Point shavetails, fresh from the training school
To handle a bunch of soldiers and drill 'em the proper way


Carol Baish 22 April 2021
Trying to find the poem of his that begins: When folks ask how are you, for heaven's sake don't tell ‘em
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Grantham.Boris 02 June 2020
6132 N Walnut Trl
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Anil bawne 08 January 2020
Most nice poems
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J. Chris Hausler 17 May 2018
Another poem by Mr. Braley is An Unsung Hero about train dispatchers, appeared in Santa Fe Magazine, June 1913
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chante fisher 16 November 2017
I love all of these beautiful poems
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