Rudyard Kipling

(30 December 1865 – 18 January 1936 / Bombay)

The Watcher


Put forth to watch, unschooled, alone,
'Twixt hostile earth and sky;
The mottled lizard 'neath the stone
Is wiser here than I.

What stir across the haze of heat?
What omen down the wind?
The buck that break before my feet--
They know, but I am blind!

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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