Robert William Service

The Ghosts

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 …

Said Lenin's ghost to Stalin's ghost:
  "Mate with me in the Tomb;
Then day by day the rancid host
  May gaze upon our doom.
A crystal casket we will share;
  Come, crusty Comrade come,
And we will bear the public stare,
  Ad nauseum."
Said Stalin's spook to Lenin's spook:
  "Long have you held your place.
The masses must be bored to look
  Upon your chemic face.
A change might be a good idear,
  And though I pity you,
There is within the Tomb, I fear,
  No room for two."

Said Lenin's wraith to Stalin's wraith:
  "You're welcome to my job;
Let millions of our mighty faith
  Gaze on your noble nob.
So when to goodly earth I've gone,
  (And I'll be glad to go),
Your carrion can carry on
  Our waxwork show."