Treasure Island

Robert William Service

(16 January 1874 - 11 September 1958 / Preston)

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If you had the choice of two women to wed,
(Though of course the idea is quite absurd)
And the first from her heels to her dainty head
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  • Rajesh Thankappan (3/23/2014 12:16:00 PM)

    Common sense says that we should not go by looks, but, this surely is a catch 22 situation because the other option that is on the table is not the least palatable. (Report) Reply

  • Troy Ulysses Davis (1/23/2013 1:14:00 AM)

    Impressive. Quite a fortunate poet to be baffled by such a predicament. A thought provoking riddle and a clever conversation starter. Excellent marketing. (Report) Reply

  • Jevan Sobukwe (10/13/2012 3:31:00 AM)

    Very intelligent poem! The poet posses a question that sounds easy, but as u proceed to read, u realize the dillemma he is faced with. (Report) Reply

  • Mohammad Akmal Nazir (5/15/2011 10:39:00 PM)

    Very rough and conservative theme. I didn't like the poem at all. Moreover I am puzzled how such poems are selected as the poem of the day.
    It was an absolute nonsense. The question posed by the poet is so ordinary that anyone can answer it without a qualm. (Report) Reply

  • Pranab K Chakraborty (5/15/2011 7:42:00 AM)

    Intelligent puzzle for the wed-seeker. Better we can ask the God about His attitude about this dillema because we also go to Gods-place to take His blessing before dropping bombs to the other states, so why not here to solve the problem? (Report) Reply

  • Carmen Cook (5/15/2011 7:06:00 AM)

    For me indeed poem of my day....wanted to touch on this subject. And definitely worthy of poem of THE Day! ! ! Am new to the site and can't wait to have a look around :) Any tips would be greatly appreciated....... (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh T A (5/15/2010 2:35:00 AM)

    Nice question the poem has posed at the end! Both are not useful for life! (Report) Reply

  • quercus : I've never got paid for my hits... (5/15/2010 1:51:00 AM)

    Hilarious... It reminds me of one satire written by Aleksander Fredro (1793 - 1876) :

    'Osioł kowi w ż ł oby dano,
    W jeden owies, w drugi siano.
    Uchem strzyż e, gł ową krę ci
    I to pachnie, i to nę ci.
    Od którego teraz zacznie,
    Aby sobie podjeś ć smacznie?
    Trudny wybór, trudna zgoda
    Chwyci siano, owsa szkoda,
    Chwyci owies, ż al mu siana.
    I tak stoi aż do rana,
    A od rana do wieczora;
    Aż nareszcie przyszł a pora,
    Ż e oś lina poś ród jadł a
    Z gł odu padł a...'

    It's obvious that neither of those two women were loved by the man... and he probably had ended up the way the Fredro's hero does... It must have been hilarious, at least... (Report) Reply

  • Herman Chiu (10/24/2009 6:35:00 PM)

    The sinner - perhaps she can change.
    And I would also rather choose a third, like Mr. Langford says. (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Straw (5/15/2009 7:55:00 AM)

    i’d have the first
    till fit to burst
    then calm down
    with the image
    of t’other! (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Straw (5/15/2009 7:52:00 AM)

    I'm not sure this is an absurd idea. I suspect line two was put in to match the rhyme in line four. From where does Service get the idea that the Devil is dull? There is something camp and arch about this poem - perhaps the rhythm gives me that feel. (Report) Reply

  • Sreedevi Anand (5/15/2009 2:24:00 AM)

    Interesting to ask
    tempting to answer
    'beauty' wins 'virtue'
    mere human psychology
    nothing else (Report) Reply

  • Matthew Leggett (5/15/2008 11:21:00 AM)

    clearly, the hands-down winner would be the sparkling sinner! nothing like a bit of sin to get the blood flowing! ! anyone who says the saint is just lying. lol. (Report) Reply

  • Archie Langford (5/15/2008 2:56:00 AM)

    If it was me though it sounds absurd
    I`d marry niether but find a third
    a little dowdi a little peach
    in fact a little bit of each (Report) Reply

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