Rudyard Kipling

(30 December 1865 – 18 January 1936 / Bombay)

My Boy Jack


1914-1918


'Have you news of my boy Jack?'
Not this tide.
'When d'you think that he'll come back?'
Not with this wind blowing, and this tide.
'Has anyone else had word of him?'
Not this tide.
For what is sunk will hardly swim,
Not with this wind blowing and this tide.

'Oh, dear, what comfort can I find?'
None this tide,
Nor any tide,
Except he did not shame his kind-
Not even with that wind blowing, and that tide.
Then hold your head up all the more,
This tide,
And every tide;
Because he was the son you bore,
And gave to that wind blowing and that tide!

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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  • Marjorie McConnico (4/20/2008 11:15:00 PM)

    Excellent Masterpiece Theater play on Kipling. We can quote him about the war now in Iraq, 'Oh, dear, what comfort can I find with this wind blowing and this tide? ' (Report) Reply

  • Denise Aguilar (4/6/2008 10:26:00 AM)

    i just finished watching the film...great story and great actors...but when this poem was read at the near end of the film...i cried! ! ! ! Great Writer! ; -) (Report) Reply

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