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Poem by Rudyard Kipling


Something wanting in this world 
	What is it? To each and all
Different desires come,
	Tides of longing rise and fall.

Hopes of youth still unfulfilled,
	Homes that have an empty chair,
Gulfs that gape and pits that balk;
	Something wanting everywhere.

Can we fill the gap with love,
	Forge the missing link with gold?
Let the heart be ne'er so warm,
	Still one portion blank and cold.

Broken chords are but our share;
	Harmony with discord blends;
Fate's dull web but coarsest cloth,
	Patched with finer odds and ends.

Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling's other poems:
  1. The Last of the Light Brigade
  2. Verses on Games. To An Almanack of Twelve Sports by W. Nicholson, 1898
  3. Limits and Renewals. 1932. 15. The Curé
  4. Barrack-Room Ballads. 36. The Jacket. Royal Horse Artillery
  5. The Front Door

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