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The Power Of The Dog - Poem by Rudyard Kipling

There is sorrow enough in the natural way
From men and women to fill our day;
And when we are certain of sorrow in store,
Why do we always arrange for more?
Brothers and Sisters, I bid you beware
Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.

Buy a pup and your money will buy
Love unflinching that cannot lie--
Perfect passion and worship fed
By a kick in the ribs or a pat on the head.
Nevertheless it is hardly fair
To risk your heart for a dog to tear.

When the fourteen years which Nature permits
Are closing in asthma, or tumour, or fits,
And the vet's unspoken prescription runs
To lethal chambers or loaded guns,
Then you will find--it's your own affair--
But...you've given your heart for a dog to tear.

When the body that lived at your single will,
With its whimper of welcome, is stilled (how still!);
When the spirit that answered your every mood
Is gone--wherever it goes--for good,
You will discover how much you care,
And will give your heart for the dog to tear.

We've sorrow enough in the natural way,
When it comes to burying Christian clay.
Our loves are not given, but only lent,
At compound interest of cent per cent.
Though it is not always the case, I believe,
That the longer we've kept 'em, the more do we grieve:
For, when debts are payable, right or wrong,
A short-time loan is as bad as a long--
So why in Heaven (before we are there)
Should we give our hearts to a dog to tear?

Comments about The Power Of The Dog by Rudyard Kipling

  • Freshman - 610 Points Afouse Neyinda (8/10/2016 6:14:00 AM)

    it is true every where we go we find sorrow and that is part of life (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 68,103 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (11/18/2015 8:22:00 AM)

    The exact feeling of emotions about the life and pet dog interesting. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Rwth Hunt (5/6/2009 2:08:00 PM)

    It sums up perfectly most of the emotions you feel when you share your life with a dog. I for my own part willingly give it to a dog to tear when the time comes. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Power

  1. 1. The Power Of The Dog , Rudyard Kipling
  2. 2. Power Of Love , Anne Brontë
  3. 3. I Have No Power , Nizar Qabbani
  4. 4. To Be Alive—is Power , Emily Dickinson
  5. 5. The Recuperative Power Of Youth. , Robert Crawford
  6. 6. The Poet Pleads With The Elemental Powers , William Butler Yeats
  7. 7. Had I The Power That Have The Will , Robert Louis Stevenson
  8. 8. Prayer—o Thou Dread Power , Robert Burns
  9. 9. Power Against Power , Rose Hawthorne Lathrop
  10. 10. The Power Of Woman , Friedrich Schiller
  11. 11. Sonnet 39 - Because Thou Hast The Power .. , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  12. 12. The Life-Power , Louisa Sarah Bevington
  13. 13. Talking Of Power And Love , Paul Eluard
  14. 14. The Power To Be True To You , Emily Dickinson
  15. 15. Power Of Music , William Wordsworth
  16. 16. Power , Aleister Crowley
  17. 17. The Power Of Song , Friedrich Schiller
  18. 18. On Reading Crowds And Power , Geoffrey Hill
  19. 19. Cities And Thrones And Powers , Rudyard Kipling
  20. 20. Power , George MacDonald
  21. 21. I Took My Power In My Hand , Emily Dickinson
  22. 22. The Power Of Music , John Fletcher
  23. 23. Sonnet 94: They That Have Power To Hurt .. , William Shakespeare
  24. 24. Circe's Power , Louise Gluck
  25. 25. Is There A Power That Can Sustain And Ch.. , William Wordsworth
  26. 26. Power , Audre Lorde
  27. 27. The Power Of Science , James Brunton Stephens
  28. 28. Sonnet 126: O Thou, My Lovely Boy, Who I.. , William Shakespeare
  29. 29. Sonnet Xxxix. Power Of Faith , Thomas Cogswell Upham
  30. 30. Remember Him, Whom Passion's Power , George Gordon Byron
  31. 31. The Powers Of Love , George Moses Horton
  32. 32. The Power Of Prayer , Sidney Lanier
  33. 33. Sonnet 150: O From What Power Hast Thou .. , William Shakespeare
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