February 26, 2013

The Press by Rudyard Kipling

From 50 unseen Rudyard Kipling poems discovered @ The Guardian

Why don't you write a play  €“
 €‚ €‚Why don't you cut your hair?
Do you trim your toe-nails round
 €‚ €‚Or do you trim them square?
Tell it to the papers,
 €‚ €‚Tell it every day.
But, en passant, may I ask
 €‚ €‚Why don't you write a play?

What's your last religion?
 €‚ €‚Have you got a creed?
Do you dress in Jaeger-wool
 €‚ €‚Sackcloth, silk or tweed?
Name the books that helped you
 €‚ €‚On the path you've trod.
Do you use a little g
 €‚ €‚When you write of God?

Do you hope to enter
 €‚ €‚Fame's immortal dome?
Do you put the washing out
 €‚ €‚Or have it done at home?
Have you any morals?
 €‚ €‚Does your genius burn?
Was you wife a what's its name?
 €‚ €‚How much did she earn?

Had your friend a secret
 €‚ €‚Sorrow, shame or vice  €“
Have you promised not to tell
 €‚ €‚What's your lowest price?
All the housemaid fancied
 €‚ €‚All the butler guessed
Tell it to the public press
 €‚ €‚And we will do the rest.

Why don't you write a play?

[Rudyard Kipling, 1899]


[Don Henley, 1982]

Posted by gerardvanderleun at February 26, 2013 10:25 AM
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Some laundry, though dirtier than others, is not seen by the media.

Posted by: Bob Agard at February 26, 2013 12:17 PM

Some laundry, though dirtier than others, is not seen by the media.

Posted by: Bob Agard at February 26, 2013 12:44 PM
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