Wednesday, March 27, 2013

You have only yourself to blame

Earlier today, Dr. Ben Carson spoke with Megyn Kelly about the American family, detailing his impoverished upbringing by a single mother in Detroit. Carson said that reading played an important part in his childhood, and pointed to a poem by Mayme White Miller called “Yourself to Blame” that his mother often read to him. Carson said the message of the poem always stuck with him.

Here’s the full text:

If things go bad for you

And make you a bit ashamed

Often you will find out that

You have yourself to blame

Swiftly we ran to mischief

And then the bad luck came

Why do we fault others?

We have ourselves to blame

Whatever happens to us,

Here is what we say

“Had it not been for so-and-so

Things wouldn’t have gone that way.”

And if you are short of friends,

I’ll tell you what to do

Make an examination,

You’ll find the faults in you…

You’re the captain of your ship,

So agree with the same

If you travel downward

You have yourself to blame


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