Untitled [You mustn't swim till you're six weeks old]

Rudyard Kipling

 
You mustn't swim till you're six weeks old,
Or your head will be sunk by your heels;
And summer gales and Killer Whales
   Are bad for baby seals.
Are bad for baby seals, dear rat,
   As bad as bad can be.
But splash and grow strong,
And you can't be wrong,
   Child of the Open Sea!
 

Poems by This Author

Gunga Din by Rudyard Kipling
You may talk o' gin an' beer
If— by Rudyard Kipling
If you can keep your head when all about you
Mother o' Mine by Rudyard Kipling
If I were hanged on the highest hill
Seal Lullaby by Rudyard Kipling
Oh! hush thee, my baby, the night is behind us
The Conundrum of the Workshops by Rudyard Kipling
When the flush of a newborn sun fell first on Eden's green and gold
The Power of the Dog by Rudyard Kipling
There is sorrow enough in the natural way
The Vampire by Rudyard Kipling
A fool there was and he made his prayer
Tomlinson by Rudyard Kipling
Now Tomlinson gave up the ghost at his house in Berkeley Square


Further Reading

Poems About Childhood
"Out, Out—"
by Robert Frost
Don't Let Me Be Lonely [There was a time]
by Claudia Rankine
A Boy Juggling a Soccer Ball
by Christopher Merrill
A child said, What is the grass?
by Walt Whitman
Another Country
by Ryan Teitman
anyone lived in a pretty how town
by E. E. Cummings
Babylon
by Robert Graves
Because I cannot remember my first kiss
by Roger Bonair-Agard
Birches
by Robert Frost
Block City
by Robert Louis Stevenson
Blur
by Andrew Hudgins
Childhood is the Kingdom Where Nobody Dies
by Edna St. Vincent Millay
deer & salt block
by Joshua Marie Wilkinson
Early Memory
by January Gill O'Neil
Fern Hill
by Dylan Thomas
Fifteen, Maybe Sixteen Things to Worry About
by Judith Viorst
For Some Slight I Can't Quite Recall
by Ross Gay
From the Lives of My Friends
by Michael Dickman
Giraffes
by Kimiko Hahn
Going Down Hill on a Bicycle
by Henry Charles Beeching
In the Waiting Room
by Elizabeth Bishop
Jabberwocky
by Lewis Carroll
Lullaby in Blue
by Betsy Sholl
My Aunts
by Meghan O'Rourke
My Bright Aluminum Tumblers
by Michael Ryan
My Childhood
by Matthew Zapruder
Ode on Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood
by William Wordsworth
Pirate Story
by Robert Louis Stevenson
Playgrounds
by Laurence Alma-Tadema
Pledge
by Elizabeth Powell
Poem for You
by David Shapiro
Recuerdo
by Edna St. Vincent Millay
Solar system bedsheets
by Sarah Vap
The Children's Hour
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The Gaffe
by C. K. Williams
The Lamb
by William Blake
The Portrait
by Stanley Kunitz
The Retreat
by Henry Vaughan
The Swing
by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Tower
by W. B. Yeats
They Call This
by C. K. Williams
To My Best Friend's Big Sister
by Ross Gay
Untitled [The child thought it strange]
by Richard Meier
We Are Seven
by William Wordsworth