Rudyard Kipling

(30 December 1865 – 18 January 1936 / Bombay)

A Ripple Song

Poem by Rudyard Kipling

Once red ripple came to land
In the golden sunset burning--
Lapped against a maiden's hand,
By the ford returning.

Dainty foot and gentle breast--
Here, across, be glad and rest.
"Maiden, wait," the ripple saith;
"Wait awhile, for I am Death!"

"Where my lover calls I go--
Shame it were to treat him coldly--
'Twas a fish that circled so,
Turning over boldly."

Dainty foot and tender heart,
Wait the loaded ferry-raft.
"Wait, ah, wait!" the ripple saith;
"Maiden, wait, for I am Death!"

"When my lover calls I haste--
Dame Disdain was never wedded!"
Ripple-ripple round her waist,
Clear the current eddied.

Foolish heart and faithful hand,
Little feet that touched no land.
Far away the ripple sped,
Ripple-ripple running red!


Comments about A Ripple Song by Rudyard Kipling

  • Ajani Nifemi (5/20/2020 7:21:00 AM)

    I need the structure of the poem the Leader and the Led(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (9/11/2018 9:43:00 AM)

    Far away! !

    Thanks for sharing.(Report)Reply

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  • Baquee Billah AhmedBaquee Billah Ahmed (9/11/2018 9:28:00 AM)

    nice poem....thank u for sharing.....(Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (9/11/2018 9:17:00 AM)

    Foolish heart and faithful hand,
    Little feet that touched no land.
    Far away the ripple sped,
    Ripple-ripple running red! .........touching expression with nice theme. Beautiful poem.(Report)Reply

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  • Savita TyagiSavita Tyagi (9/11/2018 8:58:00 AM)

    This feels like Monsoon song spreading death and hope for new life....season of harvest....(Report)Reply

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  • Adrian FlettAdrian Flett (9/11/2018 5:18:00 AM)

    The ripple of life with all its fragility and uncertainty; but the power of 'When my lover calls I haste-' draws her on(Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (9/11/2018 1:11:00 AM)

    great songs

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    Trust makes her wait
    Surf and riddle touches the sigh
    Oh! it throats her
    and the veins of trust makes her hater of love! ...............(Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (9/11/2018 12:22:00 AM)

    Such a great poem by Rudyard Kipling...(Report)Reply

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  • Brian JaniBrian Jani (4/28/2014 6:43:00 AM)

    You surely know how to wrote, I like each and every poem of yours(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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