Treasure Island

Robert William Service

(16 January 1874 - 11 September 1958 / Preston)

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Comfort


Say! You've struck a heap of trouble --
Bust in business, lost your wife;
No one cares a cent about you,
You don't care a cent for life;
Hard luck has of hope bereft you,
Health is failing, wish you'd die --
Why, you've still the sunshine left you
And the big, blue sky.

Sky so blue it makes you wonder
If it's heaven shining through;
Earth so smiling 'way out yonder,
Sun so bright it dazzles you;
Birds a-singing, flowers a-flinging
All their fragrance on the breeze;
Dancing shadows, green, still meadows --
Don't you mope, you've still got these.

These, and none can take them from you;
These, and none can weigh their worth.
What! you're tired and broke and beaten? --
Why, you're rich -- you've got the earth!
Yes, if you're a tramp in tatters,
While the blue sky bends above
You've got nearly all that matters --
You've got God, and God is love.

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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  • Stephen W (8/11/2014 3:06:00 PM)

    Beautiful poem indeed. Am looking forward to being insulted by Kevin Straw: -) (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Straw (8/11/2012 2:59:00 PM)

    There are nine fools on this page alone who have no idea how to interpret a poem. Already Reported Reply

  • Kevin Straw (8/11/2012 1:35:00 PM)

    Is there a more foolish poem than this! Every policeman dealing with a suicide is told to point out the blue sky and that God is love. If I were in the desperate state of this man, and Service came to me with this nonsense, I would be perfectly in my right to knock him on the head and steal his purse. People in despair need real help not daft anodyne wishy-washy sentiments. The Good Samaritan gave real practical help to the mugging victim in the parable. Already Reported Reply

  • Will Philip (8/11/2012 9:43:00 AM)

    Beautiful poem with positive outcome. THERE ALWAYS IS FOR THOSE WITH FAITH IN GOD. (Report) Reply

  • Melancholy Man (8/11/2011 7:03:00 AM)

    Or, as the great Eric Idle put it... 'always look on the bright side of life...'!

    Great poem, full of positivity and perspective. Regardless of individual faith or beliefs, the message in this poem is still very relevant today. (Report) Reply

  • Pranab K Chakraborty (8/11/2011 12:15:00 AM)

    First stanza attracts loudly but after that it flows with the conventional way of projecting universal life where a singular is also tied hard with the same thread. Truth has been uttered freely. (Report) Reply

  • Juan Olivarez (8/11/2010 11:46:00 AM)

    Awe inspiring words, very well placed and everything makes sense. Excellent piece from an outstanding poet. (Report) Reply

  • Joseph Poewhit (8/11/2010 4:18:00 AM)

    Words put a perspectve upon what people value and weigh in life. The Kingdom of GOD is within and all things are added unto you. (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh T A (8/11/2010 2:28:00 AM)

    Nature, God's best creation makes all rich by it beauty and bountiful nature! Nice and joyful lines about Nature makes it interesting to read and feel elated! (Report) Reply

  • Joey Valenzuela (8/11/2010 2:25:00 AM)

    the poem is much of an inspiring poem......

    im not a believer but i know that religion is really important in human life.....
    one of the very role of religion is that it teaches about righteousness; without religion, won't care no more if they hurt another.......

    secondly, religion provides hope.......just like this poem....

    religion was my basis to become a good person that i can....i don't want to say that religion is useless, because it is not, but i think being obsessed to these Gods and supernatural creatures is foolishness...

    just pick up the lessons of every religion but don't ever be obsessed to their Gods.......because they're impossible.... (Report) Reply

  • Uchenna Nnodum (8/11/2009 9:23:00 PM)

    wow this is 10+.Them, massage was great a real confort in human sorrows.what would makes smile when we think we've lost eveything. (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Straw (8/11/2009 5:37:00 AM)

    I'm afraid nature comes a poor second to a job that allows you to appreciate it. (Report) Reply

  • Neojuna Riddick (8/11/2008 10:14:00 PM)

    I do not believe in god, but I respect the beliefs of others. This poem was inspiring, and so very full of hope. Thats how I felt after I read the words. Beautiful in every way. (Report) Reply

  • Leon D. Guerrero (8/11/2008 6:29:00 PM)

    Doesn't this one make you feel like wanting more? Those kind of pieces are wonderfull! Just like this (Report) Reply

  • Marla Byeuttif (8/11/2008 1:27:00 PM)

    Not the kind of comfort that comes easily. But the sincerity is there. A well written piece of poetry. I can see why it is still be read. (Report) Reply

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