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Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by rona, Aug 18, 2009.

  1. rona

    rona Guest

    For those that haven't seen this before

    The Power Of The Dog
    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?
  2. borderer

    borderer Guest

    thank you...................
  3. DevilDogz

    DevilDogz Guest

    That is lovely Rona! :eek:
    Thank you xxx
  4. Nicky09

    Nicky09 PetForums VIP

    Feb 26, 2009
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    Thats beautiful Rona.
  5. bird

    bird PetForums VIP

    Apr 2, 2009
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    Lovely,typing 1 handed while cuddling my boy, he came for cuddle half way thru reading it :D
  6. Deerhounder

    Deerhounder PetForums Senior

    Jul 5, 2009
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    Thank you. I love that one.

    Another of my favourites is "His Apologies". Kipling really loved and understood dogs. He seems to understand how things look from a dog's point of view, especially in "Thy Servant, a Dog."
  7. classixuk

    classixuk PetForums VIP

    Jun 6, 2009
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    Rona, that was great. thanks so much for posting. Rudyard wrote so many great works.

    However, we at petforums.co.uk should not be outdone.

    Can we each write a poem and hit reply? Let's see if we have any Wordsworths amongst us? (Yes Rona, I am slightly drunk! LOL)


    Puppy Poem

    I nagged and nagged
    Did all I could
    To get you in my life

    I was warned
    Before you came
    You'd totally change my life

    They said,
    "Your time will ne'er be yours,
    'Tween, shitting, pissing, walking"

    But now you're here
    They swallow words
    You have the whole town talking.

    At home when we're
    Alone and free
    You show me all your tricks

    But when we're in the park
    You don't
    And I feel like a dick

    They say,
    "Ne'er mind, he'll get it soon",
    But really they mean never

    Despite the fact
    They think you're thick
    I love you pup, whatever!

    Author: Me, just now, quite tipsy! LOL :)

    Any more poems?
  8. rona

    rona Guest

    Pretty good for a drunk person :D
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