Rudyard Kipling

(30 December 1865 – 18 January 1936 / Bombay)

Toomai of the Elephants


I will remember what I was. I am sick of rope and chain--
I will remember my old strength and all my forest-affairs.
I will not sell my back to man for a bundle of sugarcane.
I will go out to my own kind, and the wood-folk in their lairs.

I will go out until the day, until the morning break,
Out to the winds 'untainted kiss, the waters' clean caress.
I will forget my ankle-ring and snap my picket-stake.
I will revisit my lost loves, and playmates masterless!

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read poems about / on: remember, sick, strength, kiss, lost, water, wind

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Toomai of the Elephants by Rudyard Kipling )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Top Poems

  1. Phenomenal Woman
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  5. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  6. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
    Maya Angelou
  9. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  10. Invictus
    William Ernest Henley

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. Whereabouts, B.. Alexander
  2. you're tall enough to ride this ride, Mandolyn ...
  3. Acrostic, Cheryl Griffith
  4. Heart, Sello Matsepe
  5. It Feels So Far Away This Evening..., B.. Alexander
  6. Neophytic Gay-Blade, Richard Thripp
  7. Rebel, Nassy Fesharaki
  8. Your Organ Donor Card, Richard Thripp
  9. Floating Feathers, Ronald Chapman
  10. I LOOK FOR NEW FACES ابحث عن وجوه جديدة, MOHAMMAD SKATI

Poem of the Day

poet Sir Walter Scott

The moon's on the lake, and the mist's on the brae,
And the Clan has a name that is nameless by day;
Then gather, gather, gather Grigalach!
Gather, gather, gather Grigalach!

...... Read complete »

   
[Hata Bildir]