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Author: Poetry of Robert Service Type: Poetry Views: 195

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Songs of a Sun-LoverI used to think a pot of ink

Held magic in its fluid,

And I would ply a pen when I

Was hoary a a Druid;

But as I scratch my silver thatch

My battered old Corona

Calls out to me as plaintively

As dying Desdemona."For old time's sake give me a break:

To you I've been as loyal

As ever could an Underwood,

Or Remington or Royal.

The globe we've spanned together and

Two million words, maybe,

For you I've tapped - it's time you rapped

A rhyme or two for me."I've seen you sit and smoke and spit

With expletives profane,

Then tear with rage the virgin page

I tendered you in vain.

I've watched you glare in dull despair

Through hours of brooding thought,

Then with a shout bang gaily out

The 'word unique' you sought."I've heard you groan and grunt and moan

That rhyme's a wretched fetter;

That after all you're just a small

Fat-headed verse-begetter;

You'd balance me upon your knee

Like any lady friend,

Then with a sigh you'd lay me by

For weeks and weeks on end."I've known when you were mighty blue

And hammered me till dawn,

Dire poverty! But I would be

The last thing you would pawn.

Days debt-accurst! Then at its worst

The sky, behold, would clear;

A poem sold, the garret cold

Would leap to light and cheer."You've toted me by shore and sea

From Mexico to Maine;

From Old Cathay to Mandalay,

From Samarkand to Spain.

You've thumped me in the battle's din

And pounded me in peace;

By air and land you've lugged me and

Your shabby old valise."But now my keys no more with ease

To your





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