Friday, September 15, 2006


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 of the clouds of doubt
And you never can tell how close you are
It may be near when it seems afar;
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit
It's when things seem worst that you musn't quit.


So again, my dear ladies, and to you, my dear reader, I hope you do take the road less traveled by, rage, RAGE against the dying of the light, and always remember that you are the master of your fate and you are the captain of your soul. :)


Anonymous melissa said...

miss,i am shocked! after almost 3 months of not updating your blog finally, nag-update na rin kayo :)

9/16/2006 3:57 AM  
Blogger danica patricia said...

miss platon :) Thank you and sorry for what happened ah. :) Love You :)

That poem by the way was written by Helen Keler :)

9/16/2006 6:28 AM  
Blogger Wilma said...

Miss Platon! Thank you for inspiring us through your own simple ways. :D We will never forget you. Thank you miss! :)

9/16/2006 6:33 AM  
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9/17/2006 11:19 PM  
Blogger paciang_patice said...

hi miss platon! i remember that poem we translated during filipino period and it really inspired me a lot. Upon reading it again, i think i can go further now. woooh! :D

english yun!!!!hahaha :P

i miss you so much!!! :D

9/18/2006 4:53 AM  
Blogger Geli said...

You never fail to inspire us, Ms. Platon. :)


Indeed, we will take the road less traveled by and rage against the dying of light, because we are the masters of our fate and the captains of our souls. :)

9/18/2006 5:38 AM  
Blogger Geli said...

*of the light

9/18/2006 5:38 AM  
Anonymous nicki said...

you are the master of your fate...

and is it absolutely coincidental that we're talking about "escaping one's destiny" in Oedipus Rex? ohvhay. fun...ny?

haha, doesn't it just suck when all the "words of wisdom"/lessons blah blah seem to contradict each other? like, am i supposed to believe that i am the master of my fate, or am i supposed to believe that my destiny has been written and that there's nothing i can do to change it? well personally i'd like to believe in what you've quoted, that "i am the master of my fate" yaddayadda, because the fact that i "could" not be in control of my life scares me. haha. oooh control-freak.

9/18/2006 7:07 AM  
Blogger nadineee said...

miss, thanks for sharing the poem. corny as it may sound to you, medyo naiyak po ako dun sa don't quit na poem. kase that time, i was kind of down. but because you shared that, it somehow helped me to overcome whatever fears I had. and, and, I even printed out a copy and placed it inside my filecase so that whenever I see it, I will remember that I am the master of my fate and the captain of my soul. So that whenever I see it, I can remind myself that I have to rage, rage against the dying of the light. :) thanks miss platon!

9/20/2006 4:19 AM  
Blogger nicole said...

miss, naloloka na po ako. haaay.

thanks for sharing these poems with us, miss... You just dont know pero tuwing chem, I always murmur that "rage, rage against the dying of the light" line... now look who's passing her moelcular geometry quiz with flying colors? :p

9/20/2006 6:51 AM  
Anonymous giselle said...

hi miss....the poem's really nice...very inspiring...

you always give us inspiration even in simple ways...


9/21/2006 5:22 AM  
Blogger j jo said...

Melissa: I know! I couldn't seem to complete a decent post. Haha. :)

Danica: No problem. Oh, and thanks for the info. :)

Wilma: That's really, really nice to know. :) You know you guys inspire me, too. :)

Patice: Though very simple, it really is inspiring, isn't it? :) Miss you too, dear! Keep reaching for those stars, Patice ;)

Geli Right back at ya! :)Thank YOU, guys :) Indeed, indeed. :)

Nicki: Ah yes, the age-old debate of destiny/fate :) one of my favorite topics :) But yeah, I think that it's better to believe that we indeed are the masters of our fate, but still should be open to the fact that there really are things that we cannot and SHOULD NOT change :)

Nadine: Aww.. That's really nice. I myself heard the poem at a time when I needed to hear it the most, and I haven't forgotten it since then. Thank you for sharing as well, dear. :)

Nicole: Very good, very good. :) Just keep on repeating those lines to avoid those "nakakaloka" times. Rage, rage against the dying of the light, indeed, dear. :)

Giselle: It's my pleasure, dear. :)

9/23/2006 9:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

miss, tagalugin niyo nga po yan! :D

9/30/2006 4:24 AM  
Anonymous kar said...

College and senior year. Pressure pressure pressure. Sometimes I just think it's all rubbish.

To quit or not to quit?
I miss Hamlet. Haha.

Not to quit :)

10/01/2006 6:08 AM  
Blogger j jo said...

Anonymous: Who are you first? :)

Kar: Not to quit. Exactly. Good girl. :) Hang in there, Kar. You're doing a good job. :)

10/06/2006 3:45 PM  
Blogger nicole a. said...

miss platon!

natatandaan ko po yung poem na yan.. tinranslate namin yan sa filipino! hehehe. pero ang ganda nung message nung poem. nakakainspire.

take care! :)

10/06/2006 11:47 PM  
Anonymous Char said...

Ms. Platon, thank you for inspiring us. All of your teachings are self-motivating and strengthening. I am very gratefull for having you as my teacher. I'll always remember that I am the master of my fate and captain of my soul.

Have a nice day! love you!

10/17/2006 9:03 AM  

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