Rudyard Kipling

(30 December 1865 – 18 January 1936 / Bombay)

A Child's Garden

Poem by Rudyard Kipling

R. L. Stevenson


Now there is nothing wrong with me
Except -- I think it's called T.B.
And that is why I have to lay
Out in the garden all the day.

Our garden is not very wide
And cars go by on either side,
And make an angry-hooty noise
That rather startles little boys.

But worst of all is when they take
Me out in cars that growl and shake,
With charabancs so dreadful-near
I have to shut my eyes for fear.

But when I'm on my back again,
I watch the Croydon aeroplane
That flies across to France, and sings
Like hitting thick piano-strings.

When I am strong enough to do
The things I'm truly wishful to,
I'll never use a car or train
But always have an aeroplane;

And just go zooming round and round,
And frighten Nursey with the sound,
And see the angel-side of clouds,
And spit on all those motor-crowds!


Comments about A Child's Garden by Rudyard Kipling

  • Shaun CronickShaun Cronick (6/2/2020 4:58:00 PM)

    And of course Hilaire Belloc to add to Roald Dahl.(Report)Reply

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  • Shaun CronickShaun Cronick (6/2/2020 3:51:00 PM)

    The late great Roald Dahl must surely have read this and been influenced by it.(Report)Reply

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  • Aelina bhimani (2/27/2020 5:03:00 AM)

    It was grateful to learn poem Thank you for sharing(Report)Reply

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  • Ankwasa HarlordAnkwasa Harlord (12/27/2019 4:29:00 PM)

    Thank you for sharing(Report)Reply

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  • Iftekhar ifti (2/17/2019 2:09:00 PM)

    Hursh reality we have been witnessed as it(Report)Reply

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  • lolXD (2/1/2019 10:11:00 AM)

    sub to ninja hes a YT, er.(Report)Reply

    brandon YT(2/1/2019 10:12:00 AM)

    ur a bad person

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  • lolXD (2/1/2019 10:10:00 AM)

    it just i dont like it.(Report)Reply

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  • lolXD (2/1/2019 10:09:00 AM)

    it suckes i hate it it just does not fit modern life: (i dont like it.(Report)Reply

    REEEE(3/31/2019 6:08:00 AM)

    It's a OLD poem

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  • Britte NinadBritte Ninad (8/9/2018 1:04:00 AM)

    wow so sweet to read this poem-


    And just go zooming round and round,
    And frighten Nursey with the sound,
    And see the angel-side of clouds,
    And spit on all those motor-crowds!(Report)Reply

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  • Sophie (5/20/2018 5:15:00 AM)

    Grateful that I chose this website for homework(Report)Reply

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  • Rae SeagullRae Seagull (6/25/2017 4:30:00 PM)

    Wow, simple but awesome(Report)Reply

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  • Subhas Chandra ChakraSubhas Chandra Chakra (5/3/2016 1:43:00 PM)

    Our garden is not very wide
    And cars go by on either side,
    And make an angry-hooty noise
    That rather startles little boys.

    Nice lines, beautiful work.(Report)Reply

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  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (1/6/2016 3:50:00 AM)

    Great imagery and nice flow apart from the subject...Wonderful.(Report)Reply

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  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (1/6/2016 2:44:00 AM)

    Queries apart, the poem has an amazing theme. Rhyming is perfect and the imagery is makes it quite an interesting poem. Loved it. Thanks.(Report)Reply

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  • Alem Hailu G/kristosAlem Hailu G/kristos (1/6/2016 2:00:00 AM)

    A very palatable poem both the technique and choice of words.The music is also pleasing to the ear.It shows to poet how to write poems from the vantage point of a child or the like!(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (1/6/2016 12:45:00 AM)

    Born! Growing up; First as a Child. To face the pains of life. Nice work.(Report)Reply

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  • John Richter (1/6/2015 11:35:00 AM)

    Exactly why Kipling was a master! What a wonderful poem, written in the mind of a child - who wishes to impishly scare nursey with the sound of his imaginary airplane - which he would probably never grow old enough to fly. I can not think of a more lovely, quaint, yet emotionally sad backdrop for a poem...... Absolutely wonderful. On the outskirts of the county I grew up in is a turn of the 20th century building - beautiful - though now abandoned. During the early part of the 20th century it served as our Tuberculosis hospital. TB was looked upon as contagious as Ebola might be today, and any child contracting the disease had a great likelihood of dying from it.(Report)Reply

    Pia PincenzoPia Pincenzo(7/5/2016 1:00:00 PM)

    Well said, for the layman and the dreamer both.........

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  • Dr Lakshmi S BoseDr Lakshmi S Bose (1/6/2015 12:11:00 AM)

    I would like to be a child, Thanks poet.(Report)Reply

    Emily(3/25/2018 1:17:00 AM)

    A child with TB?

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  • Qadr Amir (9/26/2014 9:18:00 AM)

    CUTE! !
    One should certainly DREAM BIG(Report)Reply

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  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (8/11/2014 10:22:00 AM)

    great poem from great world poet and it is beautiful.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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