Rudyard Kipling

(30 December 1865 – 18 January 1936 / Bombay)

A Child's Garden - Poem by Rudyard Kipling

R. L. Stevenson


Now there is nothing wrong with me
Except -- I think it's called T.B.
And that is why I have to lay
Out in the garden all the day.

Our garden is not very wide
And cars go by on either side,
And make an angry-hooty noise
That rather startles little boys.

But worst of all is when they take
Me out in cars that growl and shake,
With charabancs so dreadful-near
I have to shut my eyes for fear.

But when I'm on my back again,
I watch the Croydon aeroplane
That flies across to France, and sings
Like hitting thick piano-strings.

When I am strong enough to do
The things I'm truly wishful to,
I'll never use a car or train
But always have an aeroplane;

And just go zooming round and round,
And frighten Nursey with the sound,
And see the angel-side of clouds,
And spit on all those motor-crowds!


Comments about A Child's Garden by Rudyard Kipling

  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (5/3/2016 1:43:00 PM)

    Our garden is not very wide
    And cars go by on either side,
    And make an angry-hooty noise
    That rather startles little boys.

    Nice lines, beautiful work. (Report) Reply

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  • Mohammed Asim Nehal Mohammed Asim Nehal (1/6/2016 3:50:00 AM)

    Great imagery and nice flow apart from the subject...Wonderful. (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga Rajnish Manga (1/6/2016 2:44:00 AM)

    Queries apart, the poem has an amazing theme. Rhyming is perfect and the imagery is makes it quite an interesting poem. Loved it. Thanks. (Report) Reply

  • Alem Hailu G/kristos Alem Hailu G/kristos (1/6/2016 2:00:00 AM)

    A very palatable poem both the technique and choice of words.The music is also pleasing to the ear.It shows to poet how to write poems from the vantage point of a child or the like! (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis Edward Kofi Louis (1/6/2016 12:45:00 AM)

    Born! Growing up; First as a Child. To face the pains of life. Nice work. (Report) Reply

  • John Richter (1/6/2015 11:35:00 AM)

    Exactly why Kipling was a master! What a wonderful poem, written in the mind of a child - who wishes to impishly scare nursey with the sound of his imaginary airplane - which he would probably never grow old enough to fly. I can not think of a more lovely, quaint, yet emotionally sad backdrop for a poem...... Absolutely wonderful. On the outskirts of the county I grew up in is a turn of the 20th century building - beautiful - though now abandoned. During the early part of the 20th century it served as our Tuberculosis hospital. TB was looked upon as contagious as Ebola might be today, and any child contracting the disease had a great likelihood of dying from it. (Report) Reply

    Pia Pincenzo Pia Pincenzo (7/5/2016 1:00:00 PM)

    Well said, for the layman and the dreamer both.........

  • Lakshmi S Bose Lakshmi S Bose (1/6/2015 12:11:00 AM)

    I would like to be a child, Thanks poet. (Report) Reply

  • Qadr Amir (9/26/2014 9:18:00 AM)

    CUTE! !
    One should certainly DREAM BIG (Report) Reply

  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (8/11/2014 10:22:00 AM)

    great poem from great world poet and it is beautiful. (Report) Reply

  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (8/11/2014 10:22:00 AM)

    A great poem from a great world poet and interested. (Report) Reply

  • Brian Jani Brian Jani (4/28/2014 6:22:00 AM)

    You surely know how to wrote, I like each and every poem of yours (Report) Reply

  • Bijay Poudel Bijay Poudel (1/6/2014 1:22:00 AM)

    Nice poem. But why mention rl stevenson in the beginning? (Report) Reply

    Kim Barney (1/6/2015 8:28:00 PM)

    I think they goofed up and this is actually written by Robert Louis Stevenson. Does anyone have a book with this poem in and can verify that?

  • * Sunprincess * (1/6/2014 12:36:00 AM)

    .....a nice playful poem...enjoyed.. (Report) Reply

  • Monai Williams Monai Williams (1/6/2013 10:27:00 PM)

    Great poem. I love it: -) (Report) Reply

  • Gajanan Mishra Gajanan Mishra (1/6/2013 4:05:00 AM)

    hitting thick piano-strings. good poem. thanks. (Report) Reply

  • David Beckham (1/6/2013 12:12:00 AM)

    awesome! This is about everything really. Health, life and technology and how we use it to serve our needs. But the bigger impact is that it begs for Reflections on our choice of transportation and the harmful effect on man and nature. Nicely done (Report) Reply

  • Alyssa Swensen (1/6/2012 7:36:00 PM)

    Good poem :) i really enjoyed it (Report) Reply

  • Cs Vishwanathan (1/6/2011 5:25:00 AM)

    I am also asking the same questions as Kevin Straw. I think here Kipling has fallen off his perch. His words here are insipid. (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Straw Kevin Straw (1/6/2010 7:28:00 AM)

    Does anyone know what the connection was beween Kipling, Croydon, TB and R L Stevenson? (Report) Reply

  • Joseph Poewhit (1/6/2010 5:03:00 AM)

    Even Kipling was caught by man's inner wish to fly. Though the poem is away from his love of India and his vast knowledge of the region and people. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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