(16 January 1874 - 11 September 1958 / Preston)

Have A Nice Day

'Help, help, ' said a man. 'I'm drowning.'
'Hang on, ' said a man from the shore.
'Help, help, ' said the man. 'I'm not clowning.'
'Yes, I know, I heard you before.
Be patient dear man who is drowning,
You, see I've got a disease.
I'm waiting for a Doctor J. Browning.
So do be patient please.'
'How long, ' said the man who was drowning. 'Will it take for the Doc to arrive? '
'Not very long, ' said the man with the disease. 'Till then try staying alive.'
'Very well, ' said the man who was drowning. 'I'll try and stay afloat.
By reciting the poems of Browning
And other things he wrote.'
'Help, help, ' said the man with the disease, 'I suddenly feel quite ill.'
'Keep calm.' said the man who was drowning, ' Breathe deeply and lie quite still.'
'Oh dear, ' said the man with the awful disease. 'I think I'm going to die.'
'Farewell, ' said the man who was drowning.
Said the man with the disease, 'goodbye.'
So the man who was drowning, drownded
And the man with the disease past away.
But apart from that,
And a fire in my flat,
It's been a very nice day.

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Hats off for the simplicity and humility of the great poet expressed in this equally great poem. Thanks for sharing it here.
......an excellent rhythm, a very nice poem indeed ★
Robert William Service (1874-1958) Robert for 'Your Poem' You are a hearty poet The more we read your poems We love you more Because you give your kindest love And have more to give In spite you of being miles away...! I'm sure in poets paradise... and no where else I do rhyme with your poems Till I reach hopefully there! Sylva Portoian, MD May 17,2010