"?" Poem by Robert William Service

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Rating: 3.3


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
Was charming in every sense of the word:
And yet in the past (I grieve to state),
She never had been exactly "straight".

And the second -- she was beyond all cavil,
A model of virtue, I must confess;
And yet, alas! she was dull as the devil,
And rather a dowd in the way of dress;
Though what she was lacking in wit and beauty,
She more than made up for in "sense of duty".

Now, suppose you must wed, and make no blunder,
And either would love you, and let you win her --
Which of the two would you choose, I wonder,
The stolid saint or the sparkling sinner?

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Mohammad Akmal Nazir 15 May 2011

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.

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Deli honeter 27 February 2022

I somewhat agree I think? The theme/topic was rather dull and slightly feebleminded. Other than that I feel as though if there was a better, more valuable topic here, the writing would be far more pleasant.

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Pranab K Chakraborty 15 May 2011

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?

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Carmen Cook 15 May 2011

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.......

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Ramesh T A 15 May 2010

Nice question the poem has posed at the end! Both are not useful for life!

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Dr Dillip K Swain 18 February 2022

Moreover, I totally agree with the precise remark of esteemed poet P N D Nair that marriage is a sweet responsibility in spite of multiple demands, unexpected feuds, difference of opinions, etc etc. One may deliberately accept the second option.

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Dr Dillip K Swain 18 February 2022

Which of the two would you choose, I wonder, The stolid saint or the sparkling sinner? The choice is up to me but I would chose the later though there is challenge and greater risk.

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