Cities and Thrones and Powers

I again picked up my volume of Rudyard Kipling’s poems and my eyes came across this one.

city

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Cities and Thrones and Powers
Stand in Times eye,
Almost as long as flowers,
Which daily die:
But, as new buds put forth
To glad new men,
Out of the spent and unconsidered Earth
The Cities rise again.

flowers

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This season’s Daffodil,
She never hears
What change, what chance, what chill,
Cut down last year’s:
But with bold countenance,
And knowledge small,
Esteem her seven days’ continuance
To be perpetual.

So Time that is o’er-kind
To all that be,
ordains us e’en as blind,
As bold as she:
That in our very death,
And burial sure,
Shadow to shadow, well persuaded, saith,
“See how our works endure!”

It is good to remember, that no matter how much we may try  to ignore it, our time on this earth is short, and for that reason we need to invest our time in the people and things that matter most.

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