Try

Somewhere around 8th or 9th standard, we were issued to buy a book with a collection of poems for our English class. Unlike many other school books that pass us  by every year like trash (sadly) does , this book is one of the few that remained attached to me. And to-date is very much a part of both, my shelf and my self.

Today, as I am reminded of how little I am , and how grand life is; I'd like to share a poem from that book. I do not know whether it is the poem itself that attracted me, or the fact that like everyone, I found a connection in it that I so needed at that point of my life. Which ever the case may be, this is it :

Try Again

'Tis a lesson you should heed,
try again;
if at first you don't succeed,
 try again;
then your courage should appear,
for if you will persevere,
you will conquer, never fear
try again;

Once or twice, though you should fail,
try again;
if you would at last prevail,
try again;
if we strive, 'tis no disgrace
though we do not win the race;
what should you do in the case?
Try again.

If you find your task is hard,
try again;
time will bring you your reward,
try again;
all that other folks can do,
why, with patience, should not you?
Only keep this rule in view:
try again.

Hickson, William Edward


I hope with reading you find why I like it so much. It's simplicity and yet in it, the prevailing life changing concept of what trying means: to live forever, is what makes this poem a remarkable piece of literature for me. Its concept fails to age and it is foresight, gained from the hindsight, that puts faith in me for the poem to last  ( going to go cliché here) forever and ever...


( Poem copied from : http://www.ellenbailey.com/poems/ellen_366.htm . With some corrections made )