Posted by: Tom Triumph | May 27, 2010

92. The Houses: Rudyard Kipling

We built a house this unit. Our kids focused on Thoreau and solutions for the Third World and freeism and reusing materials and the environment and homelessness and…. We built a house out of wooden pallets (a frame of four walls, really), which you can see on MIT’s Instructable’s site. Even if you are not into pallet houses, the site is great for so many projects of imagination.

So, a poem about houses lead to Charles Bukowski (poem 91) and this. True, this is about two kingdoms, but in finding it I liked it enough to share. Silly, like Lewis Carrol’s “Jabberwocky”. Use it while teaching the Middle Ages or British Imperialism. Untie it. Free it. Understand it.

The Houses
Rudyard Kipling

‘Twixt my house and thy house the pathway is broad,
In thy house or my house is half the world’s hoard;
By my house and thy house hangs all the world’s fate,
On thy house and my house lies half the world’s hate.

For my house and thy house no help shall we find
Save thy house and my house — kin cleaving to kind;
If my house be taken, thine tumbleth anon.
If thy house be forfeit, mine followeth soon.

‘Twixt my house and thy house what talk can there be
Of headship or lordship, or service or fee?
Since my house to thy house no greater can send
Than thy house to my house — friend comforting friend;
And thy house to my house no meaner can bring
Than my house to thy house — King counselling King.

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