Tim



My brother Tim has children ten,
          While I have none.
Maybe that's why he's toiling when
          To ease I've won.
But though I would some of his brood
          Give hearth and care,
I know that not a one he would
          Have heart to spare.

'Tis children that have kept him poor;
          He's clad them neat.
They've never wanted, I am sure,
          For bite to eat.
And though their future may be dim,
          They laugh a lot.
Am I tearful for Brother Tim?
          Oh no, I'm not.

I know he goes to work each day
          With flagging feet.
'Tis hard, even with decent pay,
          To make ends meet.
But when my sterile home I see,
          So smugly prim,
Although my banker bows to me,
          I envy Tim.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Scheme ABABXCXC XDXDEFEF GDGDHEHE
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Words 128
Stanzas 3
Stanza Lengths 8, 8, 8

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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