My Room

Robert William Service 1874 – 1958

I think the things I own and love
  Acquire a sense of me,
That gives them value far above
  The worth that others see.
My chattels are of me a part:
  This chair on which I sit
Would break its overstuffed old heart
  If I made junk of it.

To humble needs with which I live,
  My books, my desk, my bed,
A personality I give
  They'll lose when I am dead.
Sometimes on entering my room
  They look at me with fear,
As if they had a sense of doom
  Inevitably near.

Yet haply, since they do not die,
  In them will linger on
Some of the spirit that was I,
  When I am gone.
And maybe some sweet soul will sigh,
  And stroke with tender touch
The things I loved, and even cry
  A little,--not too much.

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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 him for a hard-bitten old Klondike prospector not the later-arriving bank clerk he actually was Robert William Service was born 16 January 1874 in Preston England but also lived in Scotland before emigrating to Canada in 1894 Service went to the Yukon Territory in 1904 as a bank clerk and became famous for his poems about this region which are mostly in his first two books of poetry He wrote quite a bit of prose as well and worked as a reporter for some time but those writings are not nearly as well known as his poems He travelled around the world quite a bit and narrowly escaped from France at the beginning of the Second World War during which time he lived in Hollywood California He died 11 September 1958 in France Incidentally he played himself in a movie called The Spoilers starring John Wayne and Marlene Dietrich more…

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