Robert William Service

(16 January 1874 - 11 September 1958 / Preston)

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A Bachelor


'Why keep a cow when I can buy,'
Said he, 'the milk I need,'
I wanted to spit in his eye
Of selfishness and greed;
But did not, for the reason he
Was stronger than I be.

I told him: ''Tis our human fate,
For better or for worse,
That man and maid should love and mate,
And little children nurse.
Of course, if you are less than man
You can't do what we can.

'So many loving maids would wed,
And wondrous mothers be.'
'I'll buy the love I want,' he said,
'No squally brats for me.'
. . . I hope the devil stoketh well
For him a special hell.

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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  • Eldon Marsh (3/13/2008 6:19:00 AM)

    Chuckle...I've enjoyed Service's poems in past years, but had not found this; .....May he continue to be appreciated. (Report) Reply

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