Don’t You Quit

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit-
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a fellow turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out.
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow –
You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering man;
Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor’s cup;
And he learned too late when the night came down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out –
The silver tint in the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It might be near when it seems afar;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit –
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.

(c) Author

Don’t. You. Quit. 🙂

‘Hindi na kita mahal’

Alam ko hindi na kita
mahal —
Dahil lumipas na ang
oras para sa ating
dalawa.
Hindi ko na maalala
kung gaano kalakas ang
mga tawa sa tuwing
magbibiro ka;
Nakalimutan ko na kung
hanggang saan umaabot
ang ngiti sa mga labi
kapag kausap ka

Kaya alam ko, hindi na
kita mahal —
Dahil hindi ko na pinipilit
alalahanin ang mga oras
na pinakamasasaya;
Dati rati, memoryado ko
ang bawat sandali na kapi-
ling ka; alam na alam
ang bawat linya, ang tono
ng bawat salita, kada
galaw at pagtitig sa
aking mga mata

Oo naman hindi na kita
mahal —
Jusko, ilang taon na ba?
Tatlo, lima, pito?
Magpipito na!
Pitong taon na simula nang

teka, hindi ko na
rin mailarawan kung saan o
kailan ko ba unang siniguro
na oo nga, espesyal, hindi
lang ito paghanga

At kung hindi ka pa
kumbinsido; hindi na kita
mahal —
Tara halika dito, ipapakilala
ko siya sayo

Hindi na,
Hindi na,
Dahil kaya ko nang
magmahal ng iba;

Hindi na,
Hindi na ako takot na baka
dahil wala ka na, dahil
lumipas na ang panahon
para sa ating dalawa —
kaya mahal ko siya
Hindi na,
Hindi na dahil sa kawalan
mo kung bakit may
pumupuno nito;
pangako
Pero alam mo,
sa tuwing darating ako sa
dulo,
Sa tuwing may mga luha
sa matang tumutulo;
mga alaala mo pa rin
ang sumasalubong;
naghihintay;
binabalikan

walang papantay
sa unang pakiramdam;
kahit hindi mo ito
naramdaman,

kahit ako lang,

kahit hindi mo ako
minahal

Kaya sasabihin
kong hindi na kita
mahal; pipikit;
paulit-ulit,
hanggang sa balang
araw mabura na
ang lahat ng
damdaming nakaukit

Beth: I don’t know if I even believe in that anymore. The right guy. The perfect guy. The one. I’ve lost faith in “the”.

Jennifer: How do you feel about “a” and “an”?

Beth: Indifferent.

Jennifer: So you’re considering a life without articles?

Beth: And true love.

-Attachments, R. Rowell