When The Saxon Began To Hate….

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When The Saxon Began To Hate is a poem by Rudyard Kipling, a Christian, dead, white man (1865-1936). By standards today, he was very toxic.

Kipling just failed–to be gay, transgender, a communist, socialist, propagandist, Trump hater, or a So-called “Anti-Fascist” (Totalitarian) blackshirt.

Kipling was a short-story writer, poet, journalist (when it still meant something), and novelist. He was born in India, which inspired some of his work, such as The Jungle Book (Mowgli The Jungle Boy.)

I recall watching movies based on The Jungle Book. This was maybe about 1952, when they were being used on TV by Andy Devine (Andy’s Gang). Some of Andy’s sidekicks were Froggy The Frog, and Midnight The Cat.

Midnight could say, “Niiiiiiiiice.”

Froggy was quite talkative. He could also say, “Hiya kids! Hiya, hiya, hiya!”

You felt safe back then. You knew Midnight wasn’t going to kill and eat Froggy, or vice versa.

Nobody’s head would get ripped off, or their eyes gouged out. There was no “hood,” no drugs in public, No back-talk to cops, and women were still the Keepers Of Virtue.

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Yes…well….

As to this particular poem, it rhymes pretty well and is dramatic. I don’t actually know its point. But it might be this:

If you pick on somebody long enough, call them names, and do things to them that are not niiiice…you may eventually provoke a reaction you don’t expect or want.

Or do you?

Expect violence, and want it?

I don’t know :)

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THE WRATH OF THE AWAKENED SAXON
by Rudyard Kipling

It was not part of their blood,
It came to them very late,
With long arrears to make good,
When the Saxon began to hate.

They were not easily moved,
They were icy — willing to wait
Till every count should be proved,
Ere the Saxon began to hate.

Their voices were even and low.
Their eyes were level and straight.
There was neither sign nor show
When the Saxon began to hate.

It was not preached to the crowd.
It was not taught by the state.
No man spoke it aloud
When the Saxon began to hate.

It was not suddently bred.
It will not swiftly abate.
Through the chilled years ahead,
When Time shall count from the date
That the Saxon began to hate.

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