rudyard kipling200px-Collier_1891_rudyard-kipling  Rudyard Kipling was an English short-story writer, poet, and novelist. His quote “Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind” is just as true today as it was then. He is remembered for poems of British soldiers and stories for children. One of his best known works was The Jungle Book (a collection of stories which includes “Rikki-Tikki-Tavi“); the short story, The Man Who Would Be King“; and two of his poems Mandalay and Gunga Din.

A verse from one of his poems:


If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

April is poetry month. If you love poetry spend the next thirty days

looking up work from your favorite poets. Might I suggest you might

want to do that on even days and on odd days read the poems of poets you

aren’t familiar with.

Enjoy the month of poetry reaching and touching your heart.


About Susan Reichert

President of Southern Author Serivces; President of Collierville Christian Writers Group; Retired Editor-in-Chief of Southern Writers Magazine. Southern Author Services promotes and highlights authors and their books. Married with four daughters. Lives in the South.
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