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Homage to Kipling

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Homage to Kipling

Do you ever ponder on the purpose of life?
wonder why things turn out the way they do?
ever look back and think I did that wrongly?
then go and make exactly the same mistake?

("If you can dream- and not make dreams your master
If you can think-and not make thoughts your aim
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:") 

What is the purpose of us even being on this planet?
Will our actions live on once we are gone from here?
Or like a breeze floating past will we just vanish?
Like the early dawn mists burnt off by the sun?

What will you teach your children about this coil?
Will you guide them well? make them fine citizens?
Leaving them to be your legacy of a life well spent?
They say a butterfly's wings beating changes the weather

All I know is strive to do right and be kind to all
To put others first before I choose a path in life
("Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!")

07/25/2013 written for Homage contest     passages taken from If by Kipling

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  1. Date: 8/17/2013 8:07:00 PM

    Congratulations Shadow, , a wonderful Homage to this poet... SKAT

  1. Date: 8/17/2013 11:18:00 AM

    Congrats to you. You chose a wonderful poet to emulate. I love his works.

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton Date: 8/17/2013 5:40:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    "If" has always been my favourite poem. Ty Andrea Shadow x smiles
  1. Date: 8/17/2013 11:07:00 AM

    Congrad's on your win! Ahh Kipling! Light & Love

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton Date: 8/17/2013 5:41:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    yes Debbie he is awesome. Ty Shadow x smiles
  1. Date: 8/17/2013 7:29:00 AM

    Well deserved win. This is a thinking poem, very well expressed

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton Date: 8/17/2013 5:42:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    hi Monterey so nice to see you Ty appreciated Shadow x smiles
  1. Date: 8/17/2013 7:16:00 AM

    This was an excellent choice and so well expressed Shadow.

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton Date: 8/17/2013 5:43:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    so kind of you Richard ty Shadow xox smiles
  1. Date: 7/28/2013 9:32:00 AM

    Shadow, My friend, I am impressed with your choice of poets to honor. Your entry speaks well of the inspiration his work brings to your pen.... Well done, and good luck in the contest... Love ya..... Jake

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton Date: 7/28/2013 12:31:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    ty Jake I did consider Wordsworth as I was in Grasmere in april but If has always been my favorite poem ty for reading Shadow x smiles
  1. Date: 7/28/2013 5:14:00 AM

    Highly Kiplingesque, I should say. Thank you.

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton Date: 7/28/2013 5:26:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Ty Gerald very kind of you to take time to read Shadow x smiles
  1. Date: 7/27/2013 2:58:00 PM

    Beautiful poem! I often find myself wondering. :D Loved it -Heather

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton Date: 7/27/2013 4:39:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Ty Heather though my words will never be as good as his Shadow x smiles
  1. Date: 7/26/2013 9:50:00 PM

    Beautifully written Shadow, I love poems on wisdom; this is the only thing that will change the world. To my way of thinking life is a big beautiful dance, and to be here now is the purpose...Peter

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton Date: 7/27/2013 4:40:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    lovely thoughts Peter ty for time spent reading Shadow x smiles
  1. Date: 7/26/2013 5:22:00 PM

    Inspirational. This is really good. Thanks for sharing your wisdom and wrapping it up so nicely for the reader. Very cool. Always, Laura

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton Date: 7/27/2013 4:42:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    hi Laura so happy you got inspiration from it Shadow x smiles
  1. Date: 7/26/2013 3:51:00 PM

    Perfectly said Shadow and grand message...

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton Date: 7/27/2013 4:43:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Ty Donna very pleased you enjoyed it Shadow x smiles
  1. Date: 7/26/2013 2:42:00 PM

    very existentialist in expression and crearively inquisitive.. so well done, shadow.. thanks for appreciating my poem in your contest; much honored!..:) huggs

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton Date: 7/27/2013 4:45:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    hi Nette yours was a lovely poem Ty for liking this Shadow x smiles
  1. Date: 7/26/2013 8:03:00 AM

    This was wonderfully layered out. You colored a beautiful & necessary message here.

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton Date: 7/26/2013 11:38:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    hi Drake ty dear sorted out problem with browser all working ok. Ty I was a little unsure if I had got it right Shadow x smiles
  1. Date: 7/26/2013 5:47:00 AM

    hi my dearest friend nice to see you so glad you like it love Shadow smiles xox

  1. Date: 7/26/2013 5:15:00 AM

    This is a strong write my friend.I love this one,here we see love coming to the fore.Thanks very much for this.

  1. Date: 7/26/2013 3:38:00 AM

    Hmmm...well I guess there are many people who are still contemplating on the purpose of live ...The answer is quite simple. Thank you for reminding us.

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton Date: 7/26/2013 4:59:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hi Christine Ty for reading Shadow x smiles
  1. Date: 7/25/2013 6:59:00 PM

    Strong and thoughtful poem. Congratulations Shadow.

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton Date: 7/26/2013 4:58:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    hello Mr G Ty for reading and nice remarks Shadow x smiles