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 …

I bought my little grandchild Ann
  A bright balloon,
And I was such a happy man
  To hear her croon.
She laughed and babbled with delight,
  So gold its glow,
As by a thread she held it tight,
  Then--let it go.

As if it gloried to be free
  It climbed the sky;
But oh how sorrowful was she,
  And sad was I!
And when at eve with sobbing cry
  She saw the moon,
She pleaded to the pensive sky
  For her balloon.

O Little One, I pray that you
  In years to be,
Will hold a tiny baby too,
  And know its glee;
That yours will always be the thrill
  And joy of June,
And that you never, never will
  Cry for the moon.