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Obesity

Robert William Service 1874 – 1958



With belly like a poisoned pup
  Said I: 'I must give bacon up:
And also, I profanely fear,
  I must abandon bread and beer
That make for portliness they say;
  Yet of them copiously today
I ate with an increasingly sense
  Of grievous corpulence.

I like a lot of thinks I like.
  Too bad that I must go on strike
Against pork sausages and mash,
  Spaghetti and fried corn-beef hash.
I deem he is a lucky soul
  Who has no need of girth control;
For in the old of age: 'Il faut
  Souffrir pour etre bean.'

Yet let me not be unconsoled:
  So many greybeards I behold,
Distinguished in affairs of state,
  In culture counted with the Great,
Have tummies with a shameless bulge,
  And so I think I'll still indulge
In eats I like without a qualm,
  And damn my diaphragm!'

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Robert William Service

Robert William Service was a poet and writer sometimes referred to as the Bard of the Yukon He is best-known for his writings on the Canadian North including the poems The Shooting of Dan McGrew The Law of the Yukon and The Cremation of Sam McGee His writing was so expressive that his readers took him for a hard-bitten old Klondike prospector not the later-arriving bank clerk he actually was Robert William Service was born 16 January 1874 in Preston England but also lived in Scotland before emigrating to Canada in 1894 Service went to the Yukon Territory in 1904 as a bank clerk and became famous for his poems about this region which are mostly in his first two books of poetry He wrote quite a bit of prose as well and worked as a reporter for some time but those writings are not nearly as well known as his poems He travelled around the world quite a bit and narrowly escaped from France at the beginning of the Second World War during which time he lived in Hollywood California He died 11 September 1958 in France Incidentally he played himself in a movie called The Spoilers starring John Wayne and Marlene Dietrich more…

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