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This poem is often wrongly thought to be by Robert W Service. It is published here to the memory of Hugh Antoine D'Arcy, its rightful father.
An Evening with the Bard of the Yukon, July 18 th 2003 at 20.30pm in the Town-Hall of Lancieux, Brittany.
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Our Pote

Published by Susan on 07/27/2003 (3342 reads)
A pote is sure a goofy guy...

A pote is sure a goofy guy;
He ain't got guts like you or I
    To tell the score;
He ain't got gumption 'nuff to know
The game of life's to get the dough,
    Then get some more.
Take Brother Bill, he used to be
The big shot of the family,
    The first at school;
But since about a year ago,
Through readin' Longfeller and Poe,
    He's most a fool.

He mopes around with dimwit stare;
You might as well jest not be there,
    The way he looks;
You'd think he shuns the human race,
The how he buries down his face
    In highbrow books.
I've seen him stand for near an hour,
Jest starin' at a simple flower -
    Sich waste o' time;
Then scribblin' on an envelope . . .
Why, most of all his silly dope
    Don't even rhyme.

Now Brother Jim's an engineer,
And Brother Tim's a bank cashier,
    While I keep store;
Yet Bill, the brightest of the flock,
Might be a lawyer or a doc.
    And then some more.
But no, he moons and loafs about,
As if he tried to figger out
    Why skies are blue;
Instead o' gettin' down to grips
Wi' life an' stackin' up the chips
    Like me an' you.

*    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *

Well, since them final lines I wrote,
We're mournin' for our Brother Pote:
    Bill crossed the sea.
And solved his problem with the best,
For now he lies in peace and rest
    In Normandie.
He died the bravest of the brave,
And here I'm standin' by his grave
    So far from home;
With just a wooden cross to tell
How in the blaze of battle hell
As gloriously there he fell -
    Bill wrote his "pome".

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