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A Death-Bed - Poem by Rudyard Kipling
This is the State above the Law.
The State exists for the State alone."
[This is a gland at the back of the jaw,
And an answering lump by the collar-bone.]
Some die shouting in gas or fire;
Some die silent, by shell and shot.
Some die desperate, caught on the wire -
Some die suddenly. This will not.
"Regis suprema voluntas Lex"
[It will follow the regular course of--throats.]
Some die pinned by the broken decks,
Some die sobbing between the boats.
Some die eloquent, pressed to death
By the sliding trench as their friends can hear
Some die wholly in half a breath.
Some--give trouble for half a year.
"There is neither Evil nor Good in life
Except as the needs of the State ordain."
[Since it is rather too late for the knife,
All we can do is to mask the pain.]
Some die saintly in faith and hope--
One died thus in a prison-yard--
Some die broken by rape or the rope;
Some die easily. This dies hard.
"I will dash to pieces who bar my way.
Woe to the traitor! Woe to the weak! "
[Let him write what he wishes to say.
It tires him out if he tries to speak.]
Some die quietly. Some abound
In loud self-pity. Others spread
Bad morale through the cots around .
This is a type that is better dead.
"The war was forced on me by my foes.
All that I sought was the right to live."
[Don't be afraid of a triple dose;
The pain will neutralize all we give.
Here are the needles. See that he dies
While the effects of the drug endure. . . .
What is the question he asks with his eyes?--
Yes, All-Highest, to God, be sure.]
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Poems About Death
- 1. Let Me Die A Youngman's Death , Roger McGough
- 2. And Death Shall Have No Dominion , Dylan Thomas
- 3. Death Be Not Proud , John Donne
- 4. Death Is Nothing At All , Henry Scott Holland
- 5. Because I Could Not Stop For Death , Emily Dickinson
- 6. A Refusal To Mourn The Death, By Fire, O.. , Dylan Thomas
- 7. Nothing But Death , Pablo Neruda
- 8. Father Death Blues , Allen Ginsberg
- 9. A Poet's Death Is His Life Iv , Khalil Gibran
- 10. Death Wants More Death , Charles Bukowski
- 11. A Death Blow Is A Life Blow To Some , Emily Dickinson
- 12. A Dream Of Death , William Butler Yeats
- 13. Death , Rainer Maria Rilke
- 14. The Death Of The Ball Turret Gunner , Randall Jarrell
- 15. An Irish Airman Forsees His Death , William Butler Yeats
- 16. The Beauty Of Death Xiv , Khalil Gibran
- 17. After Death , Sara Teasdale
- 18. Death Xxvii , Khalil Gibran
- 19. The Death Of Joy Gardner , Benjamin Zephaniah
- 20. A City's Death By Fire , Derek Walcott
- 21. On The Death Of A Young Lady Of Five Yea.. , Phillis Wheatley
- 22. First Death In Nova Scotia , Elizabeth Bishop
- 23. A Funeral Poem On The Death Of C. E. An .. , Phillis Wheatley
- 24. A Ballad Of Death , Algernon Charles Swinburne
- 25. Holy Sonnet X: Death Be Not Proud , John Donne
- 26. Go Down, Death , James Weldon Johnson
- 27. Death Leaves Us Homesick, Who Behind , Emily Dickinson
- 28. For The Anniversary Of My Death , William Stanley Merwin
- 29. Gacela Of The Dark Death , Federico García Lorca
- 30. The Death Of The Hired Man , Robert Frost
- 31. A Thought For A Lonely Death-Bed , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
- 32. Death Fugue , Paul Celan
- 33. I Have A Rendezvous With Death , Alan Seeger
- 34. On The Death Of That Most Excellent Lady, , Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz
- 35. On The Death Of Anne Brontë , Charlotte Brontë
- 36. Death &Amp; Fame , Allen Ginsberg
- 37. If Death Is Kind , Sara Teasdale
- 38. Love &Amp; Fame &Amp; Death , Charles Bukowski
- 39. Death , William Butler Yeats
- 40. On Death , Anne Killigrew
- 41. Death , Heinrich Heine
- 42. A Death-Bed , Rudyard Kipling
- 43. On Hearing Of A Death , Rainer Maria Rilke
- 44. As At Thy Portals Also Death , Walt Whitman
- 45. Fugue Of Death , Paul Celan
- 46. A Satirical Elegy On The Death Of A Late.. , Jonathan Swift
- 47. The Death Of The Flowers , William Cullen Bryant
- 48. Hymns To The Night : 6 : Longing For Death , Novalis
- 49. An Elegy On The Death Of A Mad Dog , Oliver Goldsmith
- 50. Absence Disembodies—so Does Death , Emily Dickinson
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