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