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Famous Down At Heel Poems by Famous Poets

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by Paterson, Andrew Barton
...ith a drunken crew, 
Sinking to misery, Jim Carew. 

Such is the end of the ne'er-do-well -- 
Jimmy the Boozer, all down at heel; 
But he straightens up when he's asked to tell 
His name and race, and a flash of steel 
Still lightens up in those eyes of blue -- 
"I am, or -- no, I was -- Jim Carew."...Read More

by Service, Robert William
I hope yer dentist was no rook?"
Says I: "A quid is what he took."

Says Polly Crump: "The shoes you wear
Are down at heel and need new soleing;
Why doncher buy a better pair?
The rain goes in and out the holeing.
They're squelchin' as ye walk yer beat. . . ."
Says I: "blokes don't look at me feet."

Says Polly Crump: "You cough all day;
It just don't do in our profession;
A girl's got to be pert and gay
To give a guy a good impression;
For i...Read More

by Service, Robert William
...told me all your rippling yarns, I sang to you my songs.
Our hats were frayed, our jackets patched, our boots were down at heel,
But oh, the happy men were we, although we lacked a meal.
And if I sold a bit of rhyme, or if you placed a tale,
What feasts we had of tenderloins and apple-tarts and ale!
And yet how often we would dine as cheerful as you please,
Beside our little friendly fire on coffee, bread and cheese.
We lived upon the ragged edge, and grub was ne...Read More

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