A Celebration of Women Writers

"My Philosophy." by Norah M. Holland (1876-1925)
From: Spun-Yarn And Spindrift. by Norah M. Holland. London & Toronto: J. M. Dent & Sons; New York: E. P. Dutton & Co., 1918, p. 82.

Editor: Mary Mark Ockerbloom

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MY PHILOSOPHY

LIFE is a game that all must play;
Though you win or lose, though you gain or pay,
Whatever the cards you hold, I say,
       Throw back your head and laugh.

Keep Youth's fire at your heart aglow,
A clasp for a friend and a fist for a foe,
And then let come or joy or woe,
       Throw back your head and laugh.

Laugh, though the world upon you frown,
Laugh, though the deeps your soul shall drown,
Many a better man goes down–
       Throw back your head and laugh.

And when Death's hand on your shoulder lies
And the world grows dim to your failing eyes,
Let him not say: "A coward dies."
       Throw back your head and laugh.

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Editor: Mary Mark Ockerbloom