My dad introduced me to Robert Service many years ago and I remember reading the paperback book with him of “The Cremation of Sam McGee” with him in classic limerick style and I didn’t really like it at first in 5th grade but Robert Service was a genius in so many respects.
Robert Service wasn’t just a writer/poet but an artist as this illustrates.
Paulette Le Pore Motzko
January 26th, 2013
I haled me a woman from the street,
Shameless, but, oh, so fair!
I bade her sit in the model’s seat
And I painted her sitting there.
I hid all trace of her heart unclean;
I painted a babe at her breast;
I painted her as she might have been
If the Worst had been the Best.
She laughed at my picture and went away.
Then came, with a knowing nod,
A connoisseur, and I heard him say;
“‘Tis Mary, the Mother of God.”
So I painted a halo round her hair,
And I sold her and took my fee,
And she hangs in the church of Saint Hillaire,
Where you and all may see.
Robert William Service