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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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Published by Webmaster on 07/30/2003 (3069 reads)
A poem should be like a brook,


A poem should be like a brook,
    as dulcet to the ear;
And it should need no second look
        To make its meaning clear:
As crystal  as a rill it should
    With music meet your mood.

A poem should be like a bird
    And to green joy belong.
That should inspire each jeweled word
    With pregnancy of song,
And   be of brooding thought no part,
    Appealing forthright to the heart.

A poem should be like a flower
    That gems a sullen space,
To live ineffably its hour
    Of ecstasy and grace:
A lily, violet or rose,
    That in sheer beauty glows.

A crystal brook, a flower, a bird
    Are poems perfect planned;
We have no need to graven word
    Their grace to understand:
So wrapt in them is my delight,
    A poem I've no need to write.

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