Poetry Interlude: When Earth’s Last Picture Is Painted, by Rudyard Kipling

25 Mar

The Starry Night, by Vincent van Gogh

The Starry Night, by Vincent van Gogh

When Earth’s last picture is painted and the tubes are twisted and dried,
When the oldest colours have faded, and the youngest critic has died,
We shall rest, and, faith, we shall need it — lie down for an aeon or two,
Till the Master of All Good Workmen shall put us to work anew.

And those that were good shall be happy; they shall sit in a golden chair;
They shall splash at a ten-league canvas with brushes of comets’ hair.
They shall find real saints to draw from — Magdalene, Peter, and Paul;
They shall work for an age at a sitting and never be tired at all!

And only The Master shall praise us, and only The Master shall blame;
And no one shall work for money, and no one shall work for fame,
But each for the joy of the working, and each, in his separate star,
Shall draw the Thing as he sees It for the God of Things as They are!


Posted by on March 25, 2015 in poetry


8 responses to “Poetry Interlude: When Earth’s Last Picture Is Painted, by Rudyard Kipling

  1. Eric

    March 25, 2015 at 1:22 am

    Why does my intuition keep telling me that we’ll all see this scene sooner rather than later?

  2. ray

    March 25, 2015 at 4:09 am

    Rudyard won’t have to wait an aeon. Whatever he imagined that was.

    It’s true that in future, people will go about their daily lives with motivation of pleasing God (as returned Christ) instead of striving for money, power, or social standing. This is hard for modern folks, especially, to believe.

    Agree — no surrealism in Vincent’s painting. I think it’s naturalistic, and he was expressing Mark 13 and Revelation 6, when the stars go out of courses and ‘fall’ en masse. And the ‘powers of heaven are shaken’.

    I hear he lost an ear, but nothing wrong with his sight.


  3. Will S.

    March 25, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    @ Eric: Hey, that wouldn’t be a bad thing! We should be so blessed! 🙂

    @ ray: I love this poem. Brethren in paradise, living forever for God’s glory; what a wonderful eternity to which to look forward! 🙂

    I do like van Gogh’s work.

  4. Eric

    March 26, 2015 at 1:30 am

    I have a feeling though our immediate future may look more like this:

  5. Will S.

    March 26, 2015 at 5:18 am

    No doubt.


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