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Keep Tryin'
Edwin C. Ranck


    When you're feelin' blue as ink
        An' your spirits 'gin to sink,
     Don't be weak an' take a drink
         Keep Tryin'.

     There are times when all of us
        Get riled up and start a muss,
     But there ain't no use to cuss,
         Keep Tryin'.

     When things seem to go awry,
        And the sun deserts your sky,
     Don't sit down somewhere and cry,
         Keep Tryin'.

     Everybody honors grit,
        Men who never whine a bit--
     Men who tell the world, "I'm IT"
         Keep Tryin'.

     Get a hustle on you NOW,
        Make a great, big solemn vow
     That you'll win out anyhow,
         Keep Tryin'.

     All the world's a battlefield
        Where the true man is revealed,
     But the ones who never yield
         Keep Tryin'.


This poem is in the public domain.



Edwin Carty Ranck was born in 1879 in Lexington, Kentucky. His father was a writer and newspaper editor. After attending Harvard, Edwin followed in his father's footsteps and became a journalist, writing at one point for the New York Times.

Post New Comment:
I love this!
Posted 06/09/2013 03:17 PM
Donna Pflueger:
What a great poem and what a happy poet! Thanks, Jayne for a Sunday morning "kick up yer step!"
Posted 06/09/2013 09:20 AM

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