Sunday 7 May 2017

Sunday WW1 Remembered...

When I first started this WW1 commemoration back in 2014 I mainly featured poetry.

This month I will share my favourite poems

My Boy Jack 


Rudyard Kipling


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“Have you news of my boy Jack?”
Not this tide.
“When d’you think that he’ll come back?”
Not with this wind blowing, and this tide.

“Has any one else had word of him?”
Not this tide.
For what is sunk will hardly swim,
Not with this wind blowing, and this tide.

“Oh, dear, what comfort can I find?”
None this tide,
Nor any tide,
Except he did not shame his kind —
Not even with that wind blowing, and that tide.

Then hold your head up all the more,
This tide,
And every tide;
Because he was the son you bore,
And gave to that wind blowing and that tide!

Rudyard Kipling was an English novelist and poet. He wrote My Boy Jack after the loss of his beloved son at the Battle of Loos in 1915.

Kipling is best remembered for his short stories and children's tales.


  1. Remarkable that poetry can be so timeless and carry such a powerful message

    1. I agree, Michael. This is such a timeless piece, it's one of my absolute favourites.


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