First published in Just So Stories for little children, following “How the Camel Got his Hump”. Listed in ORG as No. 790.
Also collected in:
- Inclusive verse (1919)
- Definitive Verse (1940)
- The Sussex Edition vol xiii and xxxiv (1939)
- The Burwash Edition vol xii and xxvii (1941)
- The Cambridge Edition (2013) Ed. Pinney, p. 890
This poem, like the story, is a cautionary tale about what happens if “we haven’t enough to do”.
Notes on the Text
[Verse 2] cameelious Kipling’s made-up word, clearly meaning “like a camel”
[Verse 3] describes the symptoms of getting the hump.
[Verse 4] There ought to be a corner for me being made to stand in the corner of a room, facing the walls, used to be a punishment at Nursery School. Kipling suggests it should be used on grumpy grown-ups too.
[Verse 6] the Djinn of the Garden a reference back to the story, where the “Djinn in charge of all Deserts” gave the Camel his hump.
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