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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.




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Love it!!
Posted 10/29/2016 08:59 AM
Good line, "blue as ink," if anyone remembers blue ink.
Posted 10/28/2016 06:45 PM
Very worthy & uplifting message... Thanks, Jayne.
Posted 10/28/2016 05:16 PM
There must be something in the air - this has been an awful week. It's good to have a laugh about it! This gave me one Thank you Edwin Ranck
Posted 10/28/2016 10:48 AM
Of course, the drink of the third line might help one keep trying :-)
Posted 10/28/2016 09:22 AM
"Get a hustle on you NOW..." sends a message to me, one much needed. Thanks.
Posted 10/28/2016 09:09 AM
What a wonderful poem. Not sure why, but I've had a bad week too. Thank you Jayne, great read and great advice,
Posted 10/28/2016 04:17 AM

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