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    drift, wait and obey: A Kipling Writing Recipe

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    When Rudyard Kipling died in January 1936 and his autobiography was published the following year, the Baha’i community of North America was just beginning its first teaching Plan, 1937 to 1944. This poet of British imperialism, the first English language writer and the youngest-ever recipient of the Nobel Prize in literature had died. Some critics denied Kipling’s claim to poethood. His poetic, his literary, aim was to reach out to a very varied audience, to amuse, to entertain, to educate the sensibilities and he had done this as far back as 1892 when he began to emerge as a fully fledged poet. His observation skills, his power of imagination, his inner vision, his unpretentiousness, his idealism and sense of duty, his luminous narrative gift and genius, were all part of a life that, as he himself put it, “he played as it came.” He said his recipe for writing was: "drift, wait and obey.” -Ron Price, Pioneering Over Four Epochs, 18 April 2008.

    I, too, drift, wait and obey,
    Rudyard, in a different time,
    indeed, a different epoch, so
    much has happened in those
    years since the beginning of
    those Plans, since your book,
    your published autobiography,
    saw the light of day and that
    preliminary task1 unfolded
    enabling my generation to
    fulfil in the course of the
    succeeding century the vision
    of America’s spiritual destiny.

    The empire that was your love
    was not to last, as you foresaw,
    Rudyard, but the evidences of
    an earthly sovereignty had just
    begun to be established in this
    world, one that would endure
    forever, would never perish,
    a sovereignty that would
    overshadow all the peoples
    of the earth thus forsaking
    mortal, fleeting sovereignty.2

    1 The Seven Year Plan of 1937 to 1944
    2 Baha’u’llah, Kitab-i-Aqdas, p.44.

    Ron Price
    18 April 2008
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    Ron Price is a Canadian who has been living in Australia for 42 years(in 2013). He is married to a Tasmanian and has been for 37 years after 8 years in a first marriage. At the age of 69 he now spends most of his time as an author and writer, poet and publisher. editor and researcher, online blogger, essayist, journalist and engaging in independent scholarship. He has been associated with the Baha'i Faith for 60 years and a member for 53 years.cool:

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    thanking you, Logos...Ron in Tasmania
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    thanks, Logos...Ron in Tasmania
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