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The Power Of The Dog - Poem by Rudyard Kipling

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 about The Power Of The Dog by Rudyard Kipling

  • Veteran Poet - 1,331 Points Afouse Neyinda (8/10/2016 6:14:00 AM)

    it is true every where we go we find sorrow and that is part of life (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 72,077 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (11/18/2015 8:22:00 AM)

    The exact feeling of emotions about the life and pet dog interesting. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Rwth Hunt (5/6/2009 2:08:00 PM)

    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. (Report) Reply

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  12. 12. The Power Of Art , George Santayana
  13. 13. Power , Aleister Crowley
  14. 14. Power Of Love , Anne Brontë
  15. 15. The Power Of Woman , Friedrich Schiller
  16. 16. I Took My Power In My Hand , Emily Dickinson
  17. 17. Had I The Power That Have The Will , Robert Louis Stevenson
  18. 18. The Power Of Prayer , Sidney Lanier
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  21. 21. (934) Power Of God , Melvina Germain
  22. 22. Sonnet Xciv: They That Have Power To Hur.. , William Shakespeare
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  24. 24. The Power Of One , Mary Havran
  25. 25. Sonnet Xxxix: Because Thou Hast The Power , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
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  27. 27. (504) God's Power , Melvina Germain
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  29. 29. The Power Of Song , Friedrich Schiller
  30. 30. His Power Bounded, Greater Is His Might , Thomas Traherne
  31. 31. Ceaseless Power , Ernestine Northover
  32. 32. Power Conferred By Money , Julius Babarinsa
  33. 33. To Be Alive—is Power , Emily Dickinson
  34. 34. The Power Of Armies Is A Visible Thing , William Wordsworth
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  36. 36. Woman Have The Power To Create Life , Adryan Rotica
  37. 37. Candle Power , William F Dougherty
  38. 38. What Is 3d Power? , Paul Moosberg
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  41. 41. The Power To Be True To You , Emily Dickinson
  42. 42. Power , Marilyn Shepperson
  43. 43. The Twenty Hoss-Power Shay , Ellis Parker Butler
  44. 44. The Power Of 'I' , Adryan Rotica
  45. 45. A Sweet Power , Mary Wismer
  46. 46. I Have No Power Upon To , Little Sunshine
  47. 47. Power , DENNIS TAYLOR
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  49. 49. The Power Of Good-Bye , Agata Konopka
  50. 50. Meditation And The Power Of The Mind , Max Reif
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