The Power Of The Dog Poem by Rudyard Kipling

The Power Of The Dog

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There is sorrow enough in the natural way
From men and women to fill our day;
And when we are certain of sorrow in store,
Why do we always arrange for more?
Brothers and Sisters, I bid you beware
Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.

Buy a pup and your money will buy
Love unflinching that cannot lie--
Perfect passion and worship fed
By a kick in the ribs or a pat on the head.
Nevertheless it is hardly fair
To risk your heart for a dog to tear.

When the fourteen years which Nature permits
Are closing in asthma, or tumour, or fits,
And the vet's unspoken prescription runs
To lethal chambers or loaded guns,
Then you will find--it's your own affair--
But...you've given your heart for a dog to tear.

When the body that lived at your single will,
With its whimper of welcome, is stilled (how still!);
When the spirit that answered your every mood
Is gone--wherever it goes--for good,
You will discover how much you care,
And will give your heart for the dog to tear.

We've sorrow enough in the natural way,
When it comes to burying Christian clay.
Our loves are not given, but only lent,
At compound interest of cent per cent.
Though it is not always the case, I believe,
That the longer we've kept 'em, the more do we grieve:
For, when debts are payable, right or wrong,
A short-time loan is as bad as a long--
So why in Heaven (before we are there)
Should we give our hearts to a dog to tear?

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Rwth Hunt 06 May 2009

It sums up perfectly most of the emotions you feel when you share your life with a dog. I for my own part willingly give it to a dog to tear when the time comes.

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Gangadharan Nair Pulingat 18 November 2015

The exact feeling of emotions about the life and pet dog interesting.

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Charles Zara 06 February 2021

Fuck if i was yall id run

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Brenda M 26 November 2019

If only all dogs could live the long life described in this poem....can we find a way to treat animal abusers in EXACTLY the same way they treat animals around them. for tat....then...we'd put the the abusers in a deep dark hole....and fill the hole with dirt! ! ! ! Look around at your neighbor and make sure that person is who and what you think they are. SEE IT, REPORT IT. It's the least you can do.

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Adeeb Alfateh 19 June 2019

beautiful write- When the body that lived at your single will, With its whimper of welcome, is stilled (how still!): When the spirit that answered your every mood Is gone- wherever it goes- for good, You will discover how much you care, And will give your heart for the dog to tear. great 10++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

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Joe check 16 March 2018

Beautiful

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Afouse Neyinda 10 August 2016

it is true every where we go we find sorrow and that is part of life

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