At School, I Read Freely

At school, I read freely
Of Kipling’s poetry.
No one told me
What my thought ought
To be.

Today there is an urge
To purge
His poetry.
Yet, in “Recessional”, we see
The fire of empire die.

They hector
And lecture.
While I,
And those like me,
Retreat into our poetry.

2 thoughts on “At School, I Read Freely

  1. V.M.Sang

    I’ve always believed that we should judge a person only by the standards of their age and not our own. That Empire was a ‘good thing’ for the people of the countries colonised was accepted. We know better, now, but that idea was as accepted then just as much as the opposite is accepted now.

    1. K Morris Poet Post author

      Many thanks for your comments, Vivienne. I agree with you that we should judge people by the standards of the time in which they lived. At some point in the future, people will, no doubt criticise many of the attitudes which are commonly accepted today. It is also possible to disagree with the views of an individual but, nonetheless to admire their literary works. Best wishes, Kevin


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