Monday, January 13, 2003


Rating: 3.2
If you had the choice of two women to wed,
(Though of course the idea is quite absurd)
And the first from her heels to her dainty head
Was charming in every sense of the word:
And yet in the past (I grieve to state),
She never had been exactly "straight".

And the second -- she was beyond all cavil,
A model of virtue, I must confess;
And yet, alas! she was dull as the devil,
And rather a dowd in the way of dress;
Though what she was lacking in wit and beauty,
She more than made up for in "sense of duty".

Now, suppose you must wed, and make no blunder,
And either would love you, and let you win her --
Which of the two would you choose, I wonder,
The stolid saint or the sparkling sinner?
Robert William Service
duke perry abrokwa 28 December 2020
i will always choose character over beauty
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Rose Marie Juan-austin 28 December 2020
A wonderful poem that tingles the mind.Beautifully crafted. Cleverly written.
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John Yaws 05 December 2020
A person would certainly face a quandary here, but the sinner would quite likely prevail.
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Mahtab Bangalee 11 March 2019
from this " ? " this elaborated world is
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Annette Potgieter 21 November 2018
Choices.... choices...
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Abhimanyu Kumar.s 20 December 2017
Such a nice write. Question cannot be answered. Made me laugh ??. Thank you
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Madhabi Banerjee 09 November 2016
what a question? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? a big question.
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Captain Herbert Poetry 04 August 2015
Wonderful poem. I will vote for 10
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Kinyua Karanja 04 August 2015
I like the poem since since this kind of mind boggling questions can only rise from the head of a poet. As for my choice between the the two it will depend on how the last one look before me not in the eyes of others. In case she appears as the description goes then the first one will do. It's better to deal with the past than dealing with today and tomorrow.
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Rajnish Manga 04 August 2015
In the matters relating to choice of a suitable lady to wed, we shall knock the doors of our heart as well as our head. Because both of them are a part of the same entity, they will offer plus and minus points of each proposal. Sum up the plus and minus points and see who is the leader and select it. Okay!
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