Monday, December 8, 2014

A Room of My Own: East Meets West

Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet, ...
Rudyard Kipling, opening line of "The Ballad of East and West," 1889

a flurry of white
against the sunset sky
the smell of blood

gunshots from afar --
on the wall of a mosque
Go home spray-painted

1 comment:

  1. Below is excerpted from the Wikipedia entry,The Ballad of East and West:

    The Ballad of East and West is a poem by Rudyard Kipling. It was first published in 1889, and has been much collected and anthologised since. Its first line is often quoted, sometimes as an example of Kipling's attitudes to race and to the Empire; but "those who quote it thus often completely miss the third and fourth lines." It is worth quoting the refrain which opens, and closes, the poem in full:

    Oh, East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall meet,
    Till Earth and Sky stand presently at God's great Judgment Seat;
    But there is neither East nor West, Border, nor Breed, nor Birth,
    When two strong men stand face to face, though they come from the ends of the earth!