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Half-Ballad Of Waterval - Poem by Rudyard Kipling

(Non-commissioned Officers in Charge of Prisoners)


When by the labor of my 'ands
I've 'elped to pack a transport tight
With prisoners for foreign lands,
I ain't transported with delight.
I know it's only just an' right,
But yet it somehow sickens me,
For I 'ave learned at Waterval
The meanin' of captivity.

Be'ind the pegged barb-wire strands,
Beneath the tall electric light,
We used to walk in bare-'ead bands,
Explainin' 'ow we lost our fight;
An' that is what they'll do to-night
Upon the steamer out at sea,
If I 'ave learned at Waterval
The meanin' of captivity.

They'll never know the shame that brands--
Black shame no livin' down makes white--
The mockin' from the sentry-stands,
The women's laugh, the gaoler's spite.
We are too bloomin'-much polite,
But that is 'ow I'd 'ave us be . . .
Since I 'ave learned at Waterval
The meanin' of captivity.

They'll get those draggin' days all right,
Spent as a foreigner commands,
An' 'orrors of the locked-up night,
With 'Ell's own thinkin' on their 'ands.
I'd give the gold o' twenty Rands
(If it was mine) to set 'em free
For I 'ave learned at Waterval
The meanin' of captivity!


Poems About Water

  1. 1. Half-Ballad Of Waterval , Rudyard Kipling
  2. 2. By The Grey Gulf-Water , Banjo Paterson
  3. 3. Hayeswater , Matthew Arnold
  4. 4. Divine Epigrams: To Our Lord, Upon The W.. , Richard Crashaw
  5. 5. Evening Waterfall , Carl Sandburg
  6. 6. The Water-Nymph , Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin
  7. 7. On The Breakwater , Carl Sandburg
  8. 8. Prairie Waters By Night , Carl Sandburg
  9. 9. The Water-Fall , Henry Vaughan
  10. 10. Water Makes Many Beds , Emily Dickinson
  11. 11. The Water Nymphs , Ellis Parker Butler
  12. 12. As A Beam O'Er The Face Of The Waters Ma.. , Thomas Moore
  13. 13. The Meeting Of The Waters , Thomas Moore
  14. 14. To A Waterfowl , William Cullen Bryant
  15. 15. The Battle Of Waterloo , William Topaz McGonagall
  16. 16. Afton Water , Robert Burns
  17. 17. Declaiming Waters None May Dread , Emily Dickinson
  18. 18. How The Waters Closed Above Him , Emily Dickinson
  19. 19. The Voice Of The Waters , George William Russell
  20. 20. Underwater Autumn , Richard Hugo
  21. 21. Water , Robert Lowell
  22. 22. All Day I Hear The Noise Of Waters , James Joyce
  23. 23. The River Of Rivers In Connecticut , Wallace Stevens
  24. 24. Spring Morning , Alan Alexander Milne
  25. 25. The Water's Chant , Philip Levine
  26. 26. Wine And Water , Gilbert Keith Chesterton
  27. 27. Out Of The Watercolored Window, When You.. , Delmore Schwartz
  28. 28. The Boiling Water , Kenneth Koch
  29. 29. Well Water , Randall Jarrell
  30. 30. The Humble Petition Of Bruar Water , Robert Burns
  31. 31. Landing Under Water, I See Roots , Annie Finch
  32. 32. Water Picture , May Swenson
  33. 33. The Descent Of Alette ['The Water' 'Of T.. , Alice Notley
  34. 34. Letter Written In Black Water And Pearl , Jake Adam York
  35. 35. Water Island , Howard Moss
  36. 36. A Muse Of Water , Carolyn Kizer
  37. 37. Out Of Water , Marie Ponsot
  38. 38. Nostalgia (The Lake At Night) , Lloyd Schwartz
  39. 39. The Colour Of Water , Mohan Rana
  40. 40. Like The Water , Wendell Berry
  41. 41. Water , Wendell Berry
  42. 42. Water Lilies , Sara Teasdale
  43. 43. Water Lily , Rainer Maria Rilke
  44. 44. Song Of The Artesian Water , Banjo Paterson
  45. 45. Going For Water , Robert Frost
  46. 46. Water Music , Robert Creeley
  47. 47. White Water , John Montague
  48. 48. Hiawatha's Fishing , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  49. 49. The Drunken Boat , Arthur Rimbaud
  50. 50. Thirst , Claude McKay
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