Rudyard Kipling

(30 December 1865 – 18 January 1936 / Bombay)

I Keep Six Honest... - Poem by Rudyard Kipling

I keep six honest serving-men
(They taught me all I knew);
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who.
I send them over land and sea,
I send them east and west;
But after they have worked for me,
I give them all a rest.

I let them rest from nine till five,
For I am busy then,
As well as breakfast, lunch, and tea,
For they are hungry men.
But different folk have different views;
I know a person small-
She keeps ten million serving-men,
Who get no rest at all!

She sends'em abroad on her own affairs,
From the second she opens her eyes-
One million Hows, two million Wheres,
And seven million Whys!


Comments about I Keep Six Honest... by Rudyard Kipling

  • (9/12/2018 6:47:00 AM)


    it is a really impressive poem (Report) Reply

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  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (10/3/2017 1:16:00 PM)


    But different folk have different views;
    I know a person small-
    She keeps ten million serving-men,
    Who get no rest at all!
    Nice poem.
    (Report) Reply

  • (4/9/2012 12:33:00 PM)


    Rupert Murdoch and Rebekka Brooks please take note! These values have been lost by the gutter press - they need reminding. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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