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The God Of Common-Sense Analysis

Author: poem of Robert Service Type: poem Views: 1

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My Daddy used to wallop me for every small offense:

"Its takes a hair-brush back," said he, "to teach kids common-sense."

And still to-day I scarce can look a hair-brush in the face.

Without I want in sympathy to pat a tender place.

For Dad declared with unction: "Spare the brush and spoil the brat."

The dear old man! What e'er his faults he never did do that;

And though a score of years have gone since he departed hence,

I still revere his deity, The God of Common-sense.

How often I have played the ass (Man's universal fate),

Yet always I have saved myself before it was too late;

How often tangled with a dame - you know how these things are,

Yet always had the gumption not to carry on too far;

Remembering that fancy skirts, however high they go,

Are not to be stacked up against a bunch of hard-earned dough;

And sentiment has little weight compared with pounds and pence,

According to the gospel of the God of Common-sense.

Oh blessing on that old hair-brush my Daddy used to whack

With such benign precision on the basement of my back.

Oh blessings on his wisdom, saying: "Son, don't play the fool,

Let prudence be your counselor and reason be your rule.

Don't get romantic notions, always act with judgment calm,

Poetical emotions ain't in practice worth a damn/

let solid comfort be your goal, self-interest your guide. . . ."

Then just as if to emphasize, whack! whack! the brush he plied.

And so I often wonder if my luck is Providence,

or just my humble tribute to the God of Common-sense.


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