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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.
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Alphonze

Published by Webmaster on 07/30/2003 (2853 reads)
Some people are like postage stamps

Alphonze

Some people are like postage stamps,
                        Made to be licked;
Or like lost dogs and lousy tramps,
                        Born to be kicked.
I think that I am one of these,
                        Unfit for strife,
Destined to menially please
                        Through-out my life.

For here I am at sixty-two,
                        A waiter still;
And bow as I present to you
                        Your little bill.
Solicitously hovering,
                        Your crumbs I flip,
Hoping servility will bring
                        An extra tip.

No notion of my entity
                        Your mind intrigues;
You don't know my identity
                        From my colleagues',
I'm lacking personality,
                        An automat,
Less human than the pretty "she"
                        Who brings your hat.

And if I recommend a dish
                        Or choice tit-bit,
How wistfully I have a wish
                        To taste of it.
But of your menials the least,
                        To service born,
Give me the leavings of the feast,
                        The scraps you scorn.

And yet my human pride I've got
                        And hard I try,
So that my little kids may not
                        Be such as I.
They see a waiter needs no brains;
                        No bulge you'll see
Behind my ears - and that explains
                        Why I am me.

But Sir, give me a kindly thought
                        Next time you dine,
And with obsequence I've brought
                        Your quail and wine.
And though I play my humble part
                        And get my due.
'Neath skin we're kin, and I've a heart
                        The same as you.


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