Skip to comments.The Female of the Species
Posted on 11/21/2001 4:26:07 PM PST by backhoe
|Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)
The Female of the Species
WHEN the Himalayan peasant meets the he-bear in his pride,
When Nag the basking cobra hears the careless foot of man,
When the early Jesuit fathers preached to Hurons and Choctaws,
Man's timid heart is bursting with the things he must not say,
Man, a bear in most relationsworm and savage otherwise,
Fear, or foolishness, impels him, ere he lay the wicked low,
But the Woman that God gave him, every fibre of her frame
She who faces Death by torture for each life beneath her breast
She can bring no more to living than the powers that make her great
She is wedded to convictionsin default of grosser ties;
Unprovoked and awful chargeseven so the she-bear fights,
So it comes that Man, the coward, when he gathers to confer
And Man knows it! Knows, moreover, that the Woman that God gave him
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Well, the female of the species is more deadly than the male.
Her simple tears will win the day where man's wits often fail.
And things are even worse for men, since Rudyard Kipling wrote,
For the female of the species now has got the right to vote.
That's true, so long as 'Remembering Differently From What Video Tape Would Show' is counted as 'Not Forgetting.'
But I don't think, anymore, that "the Female is more deadly than the Male". I think the "Western Male" is is even weaker still, than in Kiplings time.
I pity the fool that ever deigns to seriously cross RightOnlinesWife. Trust me when I tell you that that would be frightening. Glad she's on my side. :)
When the yuppie in his sportscar merges to the passing lane,
He wonders if the driver up in front could have a brain.
But the fender of her SUV will make his courage fail,
For the female of the species is more deadly than the male.
I have to agree with this part...hee hee....I can cut to the quick real fast with my words.
Ah, a wise guy. Well, I'm starting a list, and you're at the top of it....Mister Man! :)
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