Of Robert Service and Robert Frost

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My Dog’s My Boss by Robert William Service

Each day when it’s anighing three
Toby looks at the clock,
Then proudly brings my stick to me
To mind me of our walk.
And in his doggy rapture he
Does everything but talk.

But since I lack his zip and zest
My old bones often tire;
And so I ventured to suggest
Today we hug the fire.
But with what wailing he expressed
The joy of his desire!

He gazed at me with eyes of woe
As if to say: ‘Old boy,
You mustn’t lose your grip, you know,
Let us with laughing joy,
On heath and hill six miles or so
Our legs and lungs employ.’

And then his bark was stilled to a sigh
He flopped upon the floor;
But such a soft old mug am I
I threw awide the door;
So gaily, though the wind was high
We hiked across the moor.

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village, though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My pal Toby must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his collar bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

2 Comments

Wonderful stuff … on an uglier note, may I say that I have never been a fan of Ian Kinsler.

Everytime I reread the Frost I think of Bobby Kennedy…He paraphrased it seconds before he was killed…and we all cried.

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