The Men That Don't Fit In (Robert Service)

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The Men That Don't Fit In (Robert Service)

Post by Eternum 1 » Mon Sep 18, 2006 4:09 am

There's a race of men that don't fit in,

A race that can't stay still;

So they break the hearts of kith and kin,

And they roam the world at will.

They range the field and they rove the flood,

And they climb the mountain's crest;

Theirs is the curse of the gypsy blood,

And they don't know how to rest.



If they just went straight they might go far;

They are strong and brave and true;

But they're always tired of the things that are,

And they want the strange and new.

They say: "Could I find my proper groove,

What a deep mark I would make!"

So they chop and change, and each fresh move

Is only a fresh mistake.



And each forgets, as he strips and runs

With a brilliant, fitful pace,

It's the steady, quiet, plodding ones

Who win in the lifelong race.

And each forgets that his youth has fled,

Forgets that his prime is past,

Till he stands one day, with a hope that's dead,

In the glare of the truth at last.



He has failed, he has failed; he has missed his chance;

He has just done things by half.

Life's been a jolly good joke on him,

And now is the time to laugh.

Ha, ha! He is one of the Legion Lost;

He was never meant to win;

He's a rolling stone, and it's bred in the bone;

He's a man who won't fit in.
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Post by bags123 » Mon Sep 18, 2006 8:14 pm

I love Robert Service, and this is also one of my favorites.
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Post by heinzs » Sun Nov 26, 2006 11:25 am

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Post by 4rum » Sat Dec 16, 2006 1:49 am

This is a great poem with rhythm and substance. It reads very well and the message is clear. It's written with much insight into the psyche of men who search, but glory never finds them.

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Post by christina » Sat Dec 16, 2006 2:58 pm

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But they're always tired of the things that are."
Delightful to read, all of it

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Re: The Men That Don't Fit In (Robert Service)

Post by JGarrison » Tue Apr 22, 2008 4:49 pm

i can remember my dad reading service to me as a little kid, so now everytime i read it it gives me goosebumps... also having lived in alaska i can honestly say the service's descriptions of the state and its denizens are still spot on... :cool:
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Re: The Men That Don't Fit In (Robert Service)

Post by bags123 » Tue Apr 22, 2008 6:20 pm

:cheers: Great poem.
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Re: The Men That Don't Fit In (Robert Service)

Post by nrip4life » Fri Apr 25, 2008 2:17 am

:bow: :thumbsup: :bump: a feeling few "know" well....yet so many "well" know..lol thanks for sharing
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Re: The Men That Don't Fit In (Robert Service)

Post by poeticpiers » Mon Sep 08, 2008 3:52 am

Robert Service is a favourite of mine but I disagree with his conclusions It is the men who don't fit in who lead the way to better things.Traditions dead hand slows down progress all too often. Dare to be different
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Re: The Men That Don't Fit In (Robert Service)

Post by Tom Watson » Sun Oct 05, 2008 12:47 pm

Nice poem. I am not familiar with Robert Service, though this appears a good tribute to the man.
It, however, does not fit in with this forum really and would suggest moving it to the Tributes forum.

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Re: The Men That Don't Fit In (Robert Service)

Post by moonflower » Fri Apr 02, 2010 11:02 am

i dont know of Robert Service but i like this poem very much!.. :thumbsup:
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Re: The Men That Don't Fit In (Robert Service)

Post by LeoOuye » Fri Nov 05, 2010 3:18 am

I love this poem. In a way there's lines in it that remind me of me.

If they just went straight they might go far;

I used to often lose interest in things even if they were going well. Not any more though.

I expect most people see parts in this poem that fit in with their lives and that's why it's such a good poem.


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Re: The Men That Don't Fit In (Robert Service)

Post by mAImaS » Fri Jul 29, 2011 3:37 pm

Wow! All I can say is, Wow! At first i could have sworn you were talking about me. :bow:
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Re: The Men That Don't Fit In (Robert Service)

Post by Eternum 1 » Tue Nov 26, 2013 2:20 pm

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