| The Light
by Geoffrey Annis
The page and line numbers below refer to the Macmillan Uniform Edition of The Light that Failed, first published in 1899 and frequently reprinted since).
Dearest mother, you may neverEasy to parody though this may be, its effect here is of great poignancy. It is a good example of Kipling's telling use of the vernacular or popular idiom to give emotional emphasis at crucial moments.
Clasp me to your heart again
But you'll not forget me mother
If I'm numbered with the slain.