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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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A Versatile Man

Published by Webmaster on 07/30/2003 (3637 reads)
I've painted nearly all my life

A Versatile Man

I've painted nearly all my life
    Yet never sold a daub;
Despite reproaches from my wife
    I still keep on the job.
I just completed one today,
    As happy as a boy,
And though I can't give them away
    My pictures bring me joy.

I've written verses from my youth
    Yet haven't published one;
I've never tried, to tell the truth,
    But oh it's heaps of fun
To make a poem of a thought,
    And though it's waste of time,
Because it pleases me a lot
    I keep on making rhyme.

I strum upon and old guitar
    And tiny tuned compose;
Oh! Very sweet they often are
    But no one ever knows;
For no song-plugger ever has
    Conspired to make them known,
And yet I'm very happy as
    I sing them all alone.

Had these three talents I possess
    Been fused into a whole,
I might have tasted a success
    And scored a modest goal.
Well there's no reason to be sad
    When all is said and done:
I'm just a dud, but how I've had
    A wagonful of fun!

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