[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

Poor Kid

Robert Service

Mumsie and Dad are raven dark
          And I am lily blonde.
''Tis strange,' I once heard nurse remark,
          'You do not correspond.'
And yet they claim me as their own,
          Born of their flesh and bone.

To doubt their parenthood I dread,
          But now to girlhood grown,
The thought is haunting in my head
          That I am not their own:
If so, my radiant bloom of youth
          Would wither in the truth.

'Twould give me anguish deep to know
          A fondling babe was I;
And that a maid in wedless woe
          Left me to live or die:
I'd rather Mother lied and lied
          To save my pride.

I love them both and they love me;
          I am their all, they say.
Yet though the sweetest home have we,
          To know I'm theirs I pray.
If not, please dear ones, never tell . . .
          The truth would be of hell.

Added: 29 Jun 2002 | Last Read: 23 Jan 2019 4:19 AM | Viewed: 4277 times

A PoetryNotes™ Analysis of Poor Kid 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/5327/ | Viewed on 23 January 2019.
Copyright ©2019 Plagiarist - All rights reserved.