Robert William Service

Rover's Rest

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 …

By parents I would not be pinned,
  Nor in my home abide,
For I was wanton as the wind
  And tameless as the tide;
So scornful of domestic hearth,
  And bordered garden path,
I sought the wilder ways of earth,
  The roads of wrath.
It scares me now to think of how
  Foolhardily I fared;
Though mighty scarred of pelt and pow
  A dozen deaths I've dared;
Yet there are trails I would explore,
  And wilds that for me wait . . .
Alas! I'll wander nevermore,--
  The hour's too late.

The folks are at my picture show,
  I smoke my pipe and sigh.
Soft-slippered by the ember's glow
  A baby-sitter I.
Behold! In dressing-gown of mauve,
  To comfort reconciled,
A rover rocks the cradle of
  His new grand-child.