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Robert William Service (Роберт Уильям Сервис)


Romance


In Paris on a morn of May
I sent a radio transalantic
To catch a steamer on the way,
But oh the postal fuss was frantic;
They sent me here, they sent me there,
They were so courteous yet so canny;
Then as I wilted in despair
A Frenchman flipped me on the fanny.

'Twas only juts a gentle pat,
Yet oh what sympathy behind it!
I don't let anyone do that,
But somehow then I didn't mind it.
He seemed my worry to divine,
With kindly smile, that foreign mannie,
And as we stood in waiting line
With tender touch he tapped my fanny.

It brought a ripple of romance
Into that postal bureau dreary;
He gave me such a smiling glance
That somehow I felt gay and cheery.
For information on my case
The postal folk searched nook and cranny;
He gently tapped, with smiling face,
His reassurance on my fanny.

So I'll go back to Tennessee,
And they will ask: "How have you spent your
Brief holiday in gay Paree?"
But I'll not speak of my adventure.
Oh say I'm spectacled and grey,
Oh say I'm sixty and a grannie -
But say that morn of May
A Frenchman flipped me on the fanny!



Robert William Service's other poems:
  1. The Volunteer
  2. The Idealist
  3. Rose Leaves
  4. Agnostic
  5. Euthansia


Poems of other poets with the same name (Стихотворения других поэтов с таким же названием):

  • William Henley (Уильям Хенли) Romance ("'Talk of pluck!' pursued the Sailor")
  • Andrew Lang (Эндрю Лэнг) Romance ("MY Love dwelt in a Northern land")
  • Edgar Poe (Эдгар По) Romance ("Romance, who loves to nod and sing") 1829-1831

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