Berton Braley

(1882 - 1966 / Madison, Wisconsin)

The Will To Win - Poem by Berton Braley

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 capacity,
Strength and sagacity,
Faith, hope and confidence, stern pertinacity,

If neither cold poverty, famished and gaunt,
Nor sickness nor pain
Of body or brain
Can turn you away from the thing that you want,

If dogged and grim you besiege and beset it,
You'll get it!


Comments about The Will To Win by Berton Braley

  • (3/25/2019 4:06:00 PM)

    I love this poem. It is so true about life. We must have the will to win and make life better.
    Thank you for writing it!
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  • (2/17/2019 7:15:00 PM)

    I just want all lines figures of speech (Report)Reply

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  • (9/14/2018 11:01:00 PM)

    I need the explanation (Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi Louis (12/24/2016 6:48:00 AM)

    Plan for it. Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, December 24, 2016

Poem Edited: Friday, January 27, 2017


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