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A Death-Bed - Poem by Rudyard Kipling

1918


This is the State above the Law.
The State exists for the State alone."
[This is a gland at the back of the jaw,
And an answering lump by the collar-bone.]


Some die shouting in gas or fire;
Some die silent, by shell and shot.
Some die desperate, caught on the wire -
Some die suddenly. This will not.

"Regis suprema voluntas Lex"
[It will follow the regular course of--throats.]
Some die pinned by the broken decks,
Some die sobbing between the boats.

Some die eloquent, pressed to death
By the sliding trench as their friends can hear
Some die wholly in half a breath.
Some--give trouble for half a year.

"There is neither Evil nor Good in life
Except as the needs of the State ordain."
[Since it is rather too late for the knife,
All we can do is to mask the pain.]

Some die saintly in faith and hope--
One died thus in a prison-yard--
Some die broken by rape or the rope;
Some die easily. This dies hard.

"I will dash to pieces who bar my way.
Woe to the traitor! Woe to the weak! "
[Let him write what he wishes to say.
It tires him out if he tries to speak.]

Some die quietly. Some abound
In loud self-pity. Others spread
Bad morale through the cots around .
This is a type that is better dead.

"The war was forced on me by my foes.
All that I sought was the right to live."
[Don't be afraid of a triple dose;
The pain will neutralize all we give.

Here are the needles. See that he dies
While the effects of the drug endure. . . .
What is the question he asks with his eyes?--
Yes, All-Highest, to God, be sure.]


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Poems About Death

  1. 51. A Death-Bed , Rudyard Kipling
  2. 52. An Elegy On The Death Of Kenneth Patchen , Lawrence Ferlinghetti
  3. 53. Absence Disembodies—so Does Death , Emily Dickinson
  4. 54. Death Of A Cockroach , Robert William Service
  5. 55. Hymns To The Night : 6 : Longing For Death , Novalis
  6. 56. On The Death Of Rev. Mr. George Whitefield , Phillis Wheatley
  7. 57. Ode On The Death Of A Favourite Cat Drow.. , Thomas Gray
  8. 58. The Death Of Santa Claus , Charles Harper Webb
  9. 59. On The Death Of Dr. Samuel Marshall , Phillis Wheatley
  10. 60. Passing On (Death Death Death Death De.. , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  11. 61. An Elegy On The Death Of A Mad Dog , Oliver Goldsmith
  12. 62. The Death Of Autumn , Edna St. Vincent Millay
  13. 63. The Death Of The Flowers , William Cullen Bryant
  14. 64. Death, That Struck When I Was Most Confi.. , Emily Jane Brontë
  15. 65. On The Death Of Friends In Childhood , Donald Justice
  16. 66. Death Is Here And Death Is There , Percy Bysshe Shelley
  17. 67. Death Sets A Thing Of Signigicant , Emily Dickinson
  18. 68. The Morning That Death Was Killed , Steve Turner
  19. 69. Death Snips Proud Men , Carl Sandburg
  20. 70. A Baby's Death , Algernon Charles Swinburne
  21. 71. Death And His Brother Sleep (‘morphine’) , Heinrich Heine
  22. 72. Death Of A Poet , Ronald Stuart Thomas
  23. 73. Death Stands Above Me, Whispering Low , Walter Savage Landor
  24. 74. Sonnet On The Death Of Mr Richard West , Thomas Gray
  25. 75. Death The Leveller , James Shirley
  26. 76. Enemy Of Death , Salvatore Quasimodo
  27. 77. On The Death Of J.C. An Infant , Phillis Wheatley
  28. 78. O Death, O Death, Rock Me Asleep , Anonymous
  29. 79. Sonnet 66: Tired With All These, For Res.. , William Shakespeare
  30. 80. Apparent Death , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  31. 81. The Dance Of Death , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  32. 82. A Death - Scene , Emily Jane Brontë
  33. 83. The Death And Last Confession Of Wanderi.. , Hilaire Belloc
  34. 84. Death , Heinrich Heine
  35. 85. Whispers Of Heavenly Death , Walt Whitman
  36. 86. Love And Death , Sara Teasdale
  37. 87. Bereavement In Their Death To Feel , Emily Dickinson
  38. 88. Death Is Potential To That Man , Emily Dickinson
  39. 89. On The Death Of Mr. Robert Levet, A Prac.. , Samuel Johnson
  40. 90. Extempore Effusion Upon The Death Of Jam.. , William Wordsworth
  41. 91. To A Clergyman On The Death Of His Lady , Phillis Wheatley
  42. 92. On The Death Of A Fair Infant Dying Of A.. , John Milton
  43. 93. Death Of A Believer , Rudyard Kipling
  44. 94. Death , Yaseen Anwer
  45. 95. Death , Thomas Hood
  46. 96. Death , James Henry Leigh Hunt
  47. 97. Laughter And Death , Wilfrid Scawen Blunt
  48. 98. Death , Bill Knott
  49. 99. In Memoriam 82: I Wage Not Any Feud With.. , Alfred Lord Tennyson
  50. 100. For Death—or Rather , Emily Dickinson
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