'The true Soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because He loves what is behind him.' -G. K. Chesterton

12 January 2013

Sunday Kipling

It's an early KIpling today. For once. We'll probably take the boy out for a romp. He got the river Saturday so maybe a nice hike. Of course it is Holy Crap cold around these parts at the moment but not Rev. Paul Alaska cold so we'll just suck it up and hit the trail. Maybe a nice tri-tip on the grill afterwards will make our suffering seem less...suffery. Time spent with Lu and Angus? Heaven on Earth.

I hope this day finds you all in the company of your Earthly Angels. May you have a day free of pain and worry.

In that vein, something light today I think.

Six

Alnaschar and the Oxen

"The Bull That Thought"
THERE'S a pasture in a valley where the hanging woods divide, 
And a Herd lies down and ruminates in peace;
Where the pheasant rules the nooning, 
and the owl the twilight-tide,
And the war-cries of our world die out and cease.
Here I cast aside the burden that each weary week-day brings 
And, delivered from the shadows I pursue,
On peaceful, postless Sabbaths I consider Weighty Things-
Such as Sussex Cattle feeding in the dew!

At the gate beside the river where the trouty shallows brawl, 
I know the pride that Lobengula felt,
When he bade the bars be lowered of the Royal Cattle Kraal, 
And fifteen miles of oxen took the veldt.
From the walls of Bulawayo in unbroken file they came 
To where the Mount of Council cuts the blue ...
I have only six and twenty, but the principle's the same 
With my Sussex Cattle feeding in the dew!

To a luscious sound of tearing, 
where the clovered herbage rips, 
Level-backed and level-bellied watch 'em move-
See those shoulders, guess that heart-girth, 
praise those loins, admire those hips,
And the tail set low for flesh to make above!
Count the broad unblemished muzzles, 
test the kindly mellow skin,
And, where yon heifer lifts her head at call,
Mark the bosom's just abundance 'neath the gay and clean chin,
And those eyes of Juno, overlooking all!

Here is colour, form and substance! I will put it to the proud 
And, next season, in my lodges shall be born
Some very Bull of Mithras, flawless from his agate hoof 
To his even-branching, ivory, dusk-tipped horn.
He shall mate with block-square virgins
kings shall seek his like in vain,
While I multiply his stock a thousandfold,
Till an hungry world extol me, builder of a lofty strain 
That turns one standard ton at two years old!

There's a valley, under oakwood, 
where a man may dream his dream,
In the milky breath of cattle laid at ease,
Till the moon o'ertops the alders, 
and her image chills the stream, 
And the river-mist runs silver round their knees!
Now the footpaths fade and vanish; 
now the ferny clumps deceive;
Now the hedgerow-folk possess their fields anew;
Now the Herd is lost in darkness, 
and I bless them as I leave, 
My Sussex Cattle feeding in the dew!

5 comments:

Old NFO said...

Good one, thanks!

Six said...

Thank you NFO!

Stephen said...

Just linked you on my blog..sorry it's taken so long. I like your style.

Brigid said...

Thank you for these, I thoroughly enjoy them every Sunday.

If you've not visited Borepatch, check out his Walt Whitman style poem on his dog destroying his pond.

Six said...

Thanks Stephen and right back at ya!

Thank you Brigid. I always knew you were a woman of exceeding discrimination. I did read that and it was wonderful. BP may be missing his calling :)