Random Ramblings

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The Vampire

My father had a saying and sometimes, when appropriate, a thoughtful look would fall upon his face and he would say this little saying to me. I can remember asking where the saying came from - he always said he couldn't remember. So I never knew whether it was a song. rhyme or a saying that had been passed down from parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, distant relatives or friends.

Then - yesterday, out of the blue - I found the saying. It was the first few lines from a poem by Rudyard Kipling and it is called The Vampire.

The Vampire

A fool there was and he made his prayer
(Even as you and I!)
To a rag and a bone and a hank of hair
(We called her the woman who did not care),
But the fool he called her his lady fair
(Even as you and I!)

Oh the years we waste and the tears we waste
And the work of our head and hand,
Belong to the woman who did not know
(And now we know that she never could know)
And did not understand.

A fool there was and his goods he spent
(Even as you and I!)
Honour and faith and a sure intent
But a fool must follow his natural bent
(And it wasn't the least what the lady meant),
(Even as you and I!)

Oh the toil we lost and the spoil we lost
And the excellent things we planned,
Belong to the woman who didn't know why
(And now we know she never knew why)
And did not understand.

The fool we stripped to his foolish hide
(Even as you and I!)
Which she might have seen when she threw him aside ---
(But it isn't on record the lady tried)
So some of him lived but the most of him died ---
(Even as you and I!)

And it isn't the shame and it isn't the blame
That stings like a white hot brand.
It's coming to know that she never knew why
(Seeing at last she could never know why)
And never could understand.

1 comment:

Madison Mancinelli said...

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