I went to Rudyard Elementary in Rudyard, Michigan. Both the town and school were named after Rudyard Kipling. I never paid any attention to their namesake — until recently. I wish I had done so long ago. In trying to explain why, I have cited the majority of the Wiki Page on Kipling’s poem, The Gods of the Copybook Heading. I did this to preserve the links in the Wiki listing, as they may be useful — especially to those who do not know the poem. But I am going to add my own twist to the text of the poem, and I hope you’ll take time to read it. Even if you know the poem, I think what I have done here may drive Kipling’s point home in a way you had not seen or fully understood before (but I beg your forgiveness if you are ahead of me on this as I do not mean to condescend).
The Gods of the Copybook Headings