Rudyard Kipling

(30 December 1865 – 18 January 1936 / Bombay)

Cupid's Arrows

Poem by Rudyard Kipling

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!"

Comments about Cupid's Arrows by Rudyard Kipling

  • Richard Epstein (2/15/2018 2:12:00 PM)

    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.(Report)Reply

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  • Gajanan MishraGajanan Mishra (9/29/2014 12:07:00 AM)

    wide, go wide / best men ride, beautiful and meaningful.(Report)Reply

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  • Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel Black (9/28/2014 1:46:00 AM)

    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..(Report)Reply

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  • Liliana ~el (9/28/2013 5:10:00 PM)

    An adventure! ! :)(Report)Reply

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  • Karen Sinclair (9/28/2012 12:48:00 AM)

    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.

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  • Ramesh T ARamesh T A (9/28/2010 3:12:00 AM)

    The effects of Cupid's arrow it seems Kipling has expressed in this poem! Ah! Go on then!(Report)Reply

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  • Herman Chiu (9/28/2009 7:37:00 PM)

    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?(Report)Reply

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  • Kevin StrawKevin Straw (9/28/2009 6:02:00 AM)

    This is childish macho nonsense at its worst. It shows a deep fear of women. Such a writer is almost certainly a repressed homosexual.(Report)Reply

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  • Kesav EaswaranKesav Easwaran (9/28/2009 1:00:00 AM)

    I liked...more so, Poet Dragon's lines down there!(Report)Reply

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  • Chris Mendros (9/28/2007 8:33:00 AM)

    well-crafted and very amusing, i think...(Report)Reply

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  • Christina Helms (9/28/2006 6:05:00 PM)

    that is actually mine too if you would like too...please! ! !(Report)Reply

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  • Poet Dragon (9/28/2006 4:41:00 PM)

    What is Cupid but a hunter of hearts, whose arrows goes deep and true?
    What is love but the hunt of hunts where the dinner of choice is you?(Report)Reply

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  • Nicholas Roach (9/28/2004 9:31:00 PM)

    What does that have to do with Cupid in anyway? I mean its a nice poem but really, why name it 'Cupid's Arrows'(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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