A Bachelor Poem by Robert William Service

A Bachelor

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'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.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Eldon Marsh 13 March 2008

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

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Michael Walker 13 July 2020

A dialogue with a man who wants to stay single, not get married or have children. Why not?

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Edward Kofi Louis 25 October 2020

A Bachelor! ! ! Only to enjoy the taste of life! ! ! Not ready for marriage. Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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Khairul Ahsan 25 October 2020

'Of course, if you are less than man You can't do what we can.' - Loved these lines. Marriage and parenting are the normal courses in a human life cycle.

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Kumarmani Mahakul 25 October 2020

Better or worse, human fate faces everything. A bachelor should learn the art of patience and tolerance. Then only victory will come in life. This poem is nice. A perfect poem of the day is chosen.

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Deepak S S 25 October 2020

A nice poem to remain bachelor.

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Deluke Muwanigwa 25 October 2020

Beautiful stuff. Me too. I hope the devil put him in a furnace without maids

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Mahtab Bangalee 25 October 2020

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........./// superb and interesting expression

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