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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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Ernie Pyle

Published by Susan on 08/09/2003 (2652 reads)
I wish I had a simple style...

I wish I had a simple style
       In writing verse,
As in his prose had Ernie Pyle,
       So true and terse;
Springing so forthright from the heart
       With guileless art.

I wish I could put back a dram
       As Ernie could;
I wish that I could cuss and damn
       As soldier should;
And fain with every verse would I
       Ernie outvie.

Alas! I cannot claim his high
       Humanity;
Nor emulate his pungent, dry
       Profanity;
Nor share his love of common folk
       Who bear life's yolk.

Oh Ernie, who on earth I knew
       In war and wine,
Though frail of fame, in soul how you
       Were pure and fine!
I'm proud that once when we were plastered
       You called me 'bastard.'

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