Learn More

Robert William Service

(16 January 1874 - 11 September 1958 / Preston)

Old Scout


Is it because I'm bent and grey,
Though wearing rather well,
That I can slickly get away
With all the yarns I tell?
Is it because my bleary eye
No longer beams with youth
That I can plant a whopping lie,
And flout the truth?

I wonder why folks hark to me
Where once they would have laughed?
They treat my yarns respectfully,
No matter how they're daft.
They count the notches on my gun
And stroke its polished butt,
Wanting to know why every one
Of them was cut.

Indeed were I to stick to fact
Their interest would flag;
Dramatically I must act
The rôle of scalliwag;
A battle veteran to be,
A frozen argonaut,
A castaway in coral sea,--
Such a tommyrot!

And so with unction I conceive
Invention wild and new,
Until I'm coming to believe
My taradiddles true . . .
Is it because I'm old and sage,
I draw a bow that's risky?
Or can it be--that lies with age
Improve like whisky?

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read poems about / on: believe, truth, sea

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Old Scout by Robert William Service )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  2. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  3. The Saddest Poem, Pablo Neruda
  4. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  5. Eldorado, Edgar Allan Poe
  6. A Smile To Remember, Charles Bukowski
  7. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  8. No Man Is An Island, John Donne
  9. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost
  10. The Criminal V, Khalil Gibran

Poem of the Day

poet James Whitcomb Riley

There! little girl; don't cry!
They have broken your doll, I know;
And your tea-set blue,
And your play-house, too,
Are things of the long ago;
...... Read complete »

   

New Poems

  1. Absence, Neela Nath
  2. Not Knowing What Might Have Been, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  3. The rising, gajanan mishra
  4. Flowing Water, Vera Sidhwa
  5. Cooling Water, Vera Sidhwa
  6. May I be allowed, gajanan mishra
  7. The Green Days, Nhuan LeXuan
  8. leaving the dream ajar, Mandolyn ...
  9. Androids in my Dream, Rachel Nichols
  10. The Day Before Christmas 1968, Kyle Schlicher
[Hata Bildir]