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Excepting the ‘Jungle Book’ and ‘Just So Stories’, I have never been much of a reader of Kipling. Three things occurred that lead me write a little on one of our most beloved poets, the first two reasons being much more of a knee jerk reaction than the third,…

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I love this poem by Elizabeth Craven. I read “I thank thee, God, that I have lived” at my grandfather’s funeral.

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Mar 28, 2015
More Nonesense

Just another little something.

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I love the verse that Robert Louis Stevenson set down for himself, 14 years prior to his eventual death, to be engraved upon his headstone. It manages to say so much with so little pomp, and so few words.

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Feb 26, 2015
Lean-to Lives

I am the first person to admit my so-called poetry is sub-par, but if I don’t air it here, it will remain in some jotter or other and never see the light of day again.

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Jan 16, 2015
Annals of Time

We have so little time on this planet, and I dithering; I want to do everything and learn many skills, but we are hopelessly limited.  

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An old favourite of mine, although it does rather aggrandise the war. It is the product of an unfortunate time and my interest in it lies not with the glorification of a bloody massacre, but with the inequality that it speaks of and the author’s keen sense of helplessness….

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