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Cupid's Arrows

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Pit where the buffalo cooled his hide,
By the hot sun emptied, and blistered and dried;
Log in the plume-grass, hidden and lone;
Bund where the earth-rat's mounds are strown;
Cave in the bank where the sly stream steals;
Aloe that stabs at the belly and heels,
Jump if you dare on a steed untried--
Safer it is to go wide-go wide!
Hark, from in front where the best men ride;--
"Pull to the off, boys! Wide! Go wide!"
Richard Epstein 15 February 2018
Guys, the title seems so inscrutable because this isn't really a freestanding poem. It stands at the head of a short story called Cupid's Arrows as a sort of epigraph. You might find that the title makes more sense in context.
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Gajanan Mishra 29 September 2014
wide, go wide / best men ride, beautiful and meaningful.
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Sometimes LOVE can be aimed at an interest or a pursuit of happiness rather than a member of the opposite gender..I was a little puzzled at first but this off-beat poem has several different meanings..
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Liliana ~el 28 September 2013
An adventure! ! :)
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Karen Sinclair 28 September 2012
A well compiled write yet it causes me confusion...if anyone works out the connection between the title and the write id be interested...all i can guess is that throughout the work he suggests discomfort and taking risks, as we all do in joining in love? where the best men ride? intriguing is he considering the best men those who can bare to stay.....not sure. tyvmkaren
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Ramesh T A 28 September 2010
The effects of Cupid's arrow it seems Kipling has expressed in this poem! Ah! Go on then!
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Herman Chiu 28 September 2009
Interesting, and very well written poem, but I don't understand everything. The general idea is clear, but what is the description of the general area good for?
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Kevin Straw 28 September 2009
This is childish macho nonsense at its worst. It shows a deep fear of women. Such a writer is almost certainly a repressed homosexual.
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Kesav Easwaran 28 September 2009
I liked...more so, Poet Dragon's lines down there!
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Chris Mendros 28 September 2007
well-crafted and very amusing, i think...
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