[Skip Navigation]

Plagiarist Poetry Sites: Plagiarist.com | Poetry X | Poetry Discussion Forums | Open Poetry Project | Joycean.org
Enter our Poetry Contest
Win Cash and Publication!

Plagiarist.com Archive

Read more poems by Robert Service: Robert Service Poems at Poetry X.

More poems by Robert ServiceRobert Service | Print this page.Print | View and Write CommentsComments | Books by Robert ServiceBooks by Robert Service

Familiarity

Robert Service

Familiarity some claim
          Can breed contempt,
So from it let it be your aim
          To be exempt.
Let no one exercise his brawn
          To slap your back,
Lest he forget your name is John,
          And call you Jack.

To those who crash your private pew
          Be sour as krout;
Don't let them see the real 'you,'
          And bawl you out.
Don't call your Cousin William--Bill,
          But formal be.
Have care! Beware and shun famil--
          Iarity.

I'm quite polite. My hat I doff
          But little say.
I give the crowd the big brush-off,
          And go my way.
To common folk I do not freeze,
          I am no snob:
But though my name is Robert, please
          Don't call me BOB.

Added: 29 Jun 2002 | Last Read: 24 Nov 2017 1:19 PM | Viewed: 5072 times

A PoetryNotes™ Analysis of Familiarity by Robert Service, is Available!

A PoetryNotes™ eBook is available for this poem for delivery within 24 hours, and usually available within minutes during normal business hours.

ON SALE - only $29.95 19.95!

For more information...


URL: http://plagiarist.com/poetry/5183/ | Viewed on 24 November 2017.
Copyright ©2017 Plagiarist - All rights reserved.