More Robert Service

Since I got my new digs here on MT, I have been WOEFULLY lacking in Robert Service stuff...so, here is one of my favs...as usual, read it out loud, kiddies...trust me, it is better that way....and before you start to whine about hating poetry...shut the hell up....there are no flowers, butterflies, or any of that stuff in this one...hell, some of you out there might actually IDENTIFY with this one...

The Men who Don't Fit It...

There's a race of men that don't fit in,
A race that can't stay still;
So they break the hearts of kith and kin,
And they roam the world at will.
They range the field and they rove the flood,
And they climb the mountain's crest;
Theirs is the curse of the gypsy blood,
And they don't know how to rest.

If they just went straight they might go far;
They are strong and brave and true;
But they're always tired of the things that are,
And they want the strange and new.
They say: "Could I find my proper groove,
What a deep mark I would make!"
So they chop and change, and each fresh move
Is only a fresh mistake.

And each forgets, as he strips and runs
With a brilliant, fitful pace,
It's the steady, quiet, plodding ones
Who win in the lifelong race.
And each forgets that his youth has fled,
Forgets that his prime is past,
Till he stands one day, with a hope that's dead,
In the glare of the truth at last.

He has failed, he has failed; he has missed his chance;
He has just done things by half.
Life's been a jolly good joke on him,
And now is the time to laugh.
Ha, ha! He is one of the Legion Lost;
He was never meant to win;
He's a rolling stone, and it's bred in the bone;
He's a man who won't fit in.

Robert W. Service

by Eric on November 25, 2003 | Comments(4) | R W Service

Comments so far:

I'll hoist a pint of ale to that.

posted by: ken on November 26, 2003 08:03 AM

Glad you liked it, Ken...Robert Service is great!

posted by: Eric on November 26, 2003 08:13 AM

That guy knows me, I think. Thank you. You've just explained a LOT about me to me.

posted by: Stevie on November 26, 2003 11:22 PM

Stevie: You're welcome...I'm glad you liked the poem...I think a LOT of us can identify with this one..

posted by: Eric on November 27, 2003 09:39 AM