[ ]   [ ]   [ ]                        [ ]      [ ]   [ ]

Wordle - daily game - Proclivities - May 24, 2022 - 5:05am
 
Radio Paradise Comments - sunybuny - May 24, 2022 - 5:00am
 
Russia - miamizsun - May 24, 2022 - 4:28am
 
Mixtape Culture Club - miamizsun - May 24, 2022 - 4:15am
 
A Little Psychedelic Jazz-Rock Never Hurts - miamizsun - May 24, 2022 - 4:08am
 
Posting Images? - ScottishWillie - May 24, 2022 - 4:06am
 
New Song Submissions system - danielh - May 24, 2022 - 2:11am
 
The Obituary Page - ScottFromWyoming - May 23, 2022 - 10:56pm
 
Baseball, anyone? - ScottFromWyoming - May 23, 2022 - 9:40pm
 
Dialing 1-800-Manbird - NoEnzLefttoSplit - May 23, 2022 - 8:16pm
 
What Did You Do Today? - Manbird - May 23, 2022 - 7:30pm
 
• • • BRING OUT YOUR DEAD • • •  - oldviolin - May 23, 2022 - 7:25pm
 
FLAC Streaming - miamizsun - May 23, 2022 - 6:16pm
 
The Dragons' Roost - GeneP59 - May 23, 2022 - 5:16pm
 
Things You Thought Today - KurtfromLaQuinta - May 23, 2022 - 4:26pm
 
John Cale - TheKing2 - May 23, 2022 - 2:08pm
 
Vinyl Only Spin List - Skydog - May 23, 2022 - 1:33pm
 
Counting with Pictures - ScottN - May 23, 2022 - 1:28pm
 
Today in History - Proclivities - May 23, 2022 - 9:41am
 
Name My Band - GeneP59 - May 23, 2022 - 8:21am
 
Favorite Quotes - nightdrive - May 23, 2022 - 7:58am
 
History of past donations? - Skydog - May 23, 2022 - 7:33am
 
MQA available on ifi Zen - miamizsun - May 23, 2022 - 5:33am
 
That's good advice - miamizsun - May 23, 2022 - 5:22am
 
Questions. - haresfur - May 22, 2022 - 9:24pm
 
Pernicious Pious Proclivities Particularized Prodigiously - Red_Dragon - May 22, 2022 - 4:50pm
 
• • •  What's For Dinner ? • • •  - miamizsun - May 21, 2022 - 3:29pm
 
Reccomended System or Powered Speakers - miamizsun - May 21, 2022 - 2:29pm
 
Trump - Lazy8 - May 21, 2022 - 7:05am
 
Today, I learned... - Proclivities - May 21, 2022 - 7:02am
 
MQA Stream Coming to BLUOS - nickt1 - May 21, 2022 - 1:09am
 
Live Music - oldviolin - May 20, 2022 - 7:06pm
 
What is the meaning of this? - oldviolin - May 20, 2022 - 7:04pm
 
Neil Young - oldviolin - May 20, 2022 - 6:50pm
 
songs for drella - haresfur - May 20, 2022 - 5:47pm
 
Chicago 25 Or 6 To 4 - Steely_D - May 20, 2022 - 2:42pm
 
Derplahoma! - sunybuny - May 20, 2022 - 5:41am
 
Unquiet Minds - Mental Health Forum - miamizsun - May 20, 2022 - 5:16am
 
songs that ROCK! - Red_Dragon - May 19, 2022 - 5:10pm
 
Online Radio Platforms - Steely_D - May 19, 2022 - 4:03pm
 
Brag about your stereo - miamizsun - May 19, 2022 - 3:16pm
 
All Dogs Go To Heaven - Dog Pix - islander - May 19, 2022 - 3:00pm
 
COVID-19 - Red_Dragon - May 19, 2022 - 1:50pm
 
Testing your Metal? - oldviolin - May 19, 2022 - 12:11pm
 
Ukraine - NoEnzLefttoSplit - May 19, 2022 - 10:37am
 
Help Finding A Song - nightdrive - May 19, 2022 - 10:19am
 
Lyrics - oldviolin - May 19, 2022 - 8:17am
 
What Makes You Sad? - Coaxial - May 18, 2022 - 6:42pm
 
NASA & other news from space - GeneP59 - May 18, 2022 - 4:37pm
 
Talk Behind Their Backs Forum - GeneP59 - May 18, 2022 - 4:12pm
 
Guided Meditation by Bill - thisbody - May 18, 2022 - 2:45pm
 
January 20th, 2005 ~ Boycott And Meditation Day - thisbody - May 18, 2022 - 2:34pm
 
Economix - thisbody - May 18, 2022 - 1:48pm
 
Japan - Red_Dragon - May 18, 2022 - 10:58am
 
Race in America - Red_Dragon - May 18, 2022 - 7:36am
 
North Korea - Red_Dragon - May 17, 2022 - 9:07pm
 
Photography Forum - Your Own Photos - KurtfromLaQuinta - May 17, 2022 - 11:24am
 
"2000 Mules" movie purports to prove 2020 election was st... - rgio - May 17, 2022 - 7:02am
 
Buddy's Haven - oldviolin - May 16, 2022 - 6:31pm
 
• • • The Once-a-Day • • •  - oldviolin - May 16, 2022 - 6:18pm
 
Environment - Red_Dragon - May 16, 2022 - 4:42pm
 
RightWingNutZ - Red_Dragon - May 16, 2022 - 4:24pm
 
260,000 Posts in one thread? - oldviolin - May 16, 2022 - 3:24pm
 
New Music - miamizsun - May 16, 2022 - 12:37pm
 
• • • Clownstock • • •  - oldviolin - May 16, 2022 - 10:17am
 
What the hell OV? - miamizsun - May 16, 2022 - 9:40am
 
Supreme Court Rulings - Red_Dragon - May 16, 2022 - 9:33am
 
Outstanding Covers - oldviolin - May 16, 2022 - 8:35am
 
Watching My Mind Slip Away... - oldviolin - May 16, 2022 - 6:05am
 
Great Old Songs You Rarely Hear Anymore - Alchemist - May 15, 2022 - 10:12pm
 
TuneIn difficulties - KurtfromLaQuinta - May 15, 2022 - 7:02pm
 
Terrorist Watch! - Steely_D - May 15, 2022 - 5:17pm
 
Climate Change - Red_Dragon - May 15, 2022 - 1:31pm
 
Spain - Red_Dragon - May 15, 2022 - 11:04am
 
Get Your Godcast! - Red_Dragon - May 14, 2022 - 4:52pm
 
Index » Regional/Local » USA/Canada » Yukon dreaming
Post to this Topic
westslope

westslope Avatar

Location: BC sage brush steppe


Posted: Mar 5, 2021 - 2:07pm

Good one haresfur!   Robert William Service's epoch poem

The Cremation Of Sam Mcgee


Now Sam McGee was from Tennessee, where the cotton blooms and blows.
Why he left his home in the South to roam 'round the Pole, God only knows.
He was always cold, but the land of gold seemed to hold him like a spell;
Though he'd often say in his homely way that he'd "sooner live in hell".

On a Christmas Day we were mushing our way over the Dawson trail.
Talk of your cold! through the parka's fold it stabbed like a driven nail.
If our eyes we'd close, then the lashes froze till sometimes we couldn't see;
It wasn't much fun, but the only one to whimper was Sam McGee.

And that very night, as we lay packed tight in our robes beneath the snow,
And the dogs were fed, and the stars o'erhead were dancing heel and toe,
He turned to me, and "Cap," says he, "I'll cash in this trip, I guess;
And if I do, I'm asking that you won't refuse my last request."

Well, he seemed so low that I couldn't say no; then he says with a sort of moan:
"It's the cursed cold, and it's got right hold till I'm chilled clean through to the bone.
Yet 'tain't being dead — it's my awful dread of the icy grave that pains;
So I want you to swear that, foul or fair, you'll cremate my last remains."

A pal's last need is a thing to heed, so I swore I would not fail;
And we started on at the streak of dawn; but God! he looked ghastly pale.
He crouched on the sleigh, and he raved all day of his home in Tennessee;
And before nightfall a corpse was all that was left of Sam McGee.

There wasn't a breath in that land of death, and I hurried, horror-driven,
With a corpse half hid that I couldn't get rid, because of a promise given;
It was lashed to the sleigh, and it seemed to say:
"You may tax your brawn and brains,
But you promised true, and it's up to you to cremate those last remains."

Now a promise made is a debt unpaid
, and the trail has its own stern code.
In the days to come, though my lips were dumb, in my heart how I cursed that load.
In the long, long night, by the lone firelight, while the huskies, round in a ring,
Howled out their woes to the homeless snows — O God! how I loathed the thing.

And every day that quiet clay seemed to heavy and heavier grow;
And on I went, though the dogs were spent and the grub was getting low;
The trail was bad, and I felt half mad, but I swore I would not give in;
And I'd often sing to the hateful thing, and it hearkened with a grin.

Till I came to the marge of Lake Lebarge, and a derelict there lay;
It was jammed in the ice, but I saw in a trice it was called the "Alice May".
And I looked at it, and I thought a bit, and I looked at my frozen chum;
Then "Here," said I, with a sudden cry, "is my cre-ma-tor-eum."

Some planks I tore from the cabin floor, and I lit the boiler fire;
Some coal I found that was lying around, and I heaped the fuel higher;
The flames just soared, and the furnace roared — such a blaze you seldom see;
And I burrowed a hole in the glowing coal, and I stuffed in Sam McGee.

Then I made a hike, for I didn't like to hear him sizzle so;
And the heavens scowled, and the huskies howled, and the wind began to blow.
It was icy cold, but the hot sweat rolled down my cheeks, and I don't know why;
And the greasy smoke in an inky cloak went streaking down the sky.

I do not know how long in the snow I wrestled with grisly fear;
But the stars came out and they danced about ere again I ventured near;
I was sick with dread, but I bravely said: "I'll just take a peep inside.
I guess he's cooked, and it's time I looked"; . . . then the door I opened wide.

And there sat Sam, looking cool and calm, in the heart of the furnace roar;
And he wore a smile you could see a mile, and he said: "Please close that door.
It's fine in here, but I greatly fear you'll let in the cold and storm —
Since I left Plumtree, down in Tennessee, it's the first time I've been warm."

There are strange things done in the midnight sun
By the men who moil for gold;
The Arctic trails have their secret tales
That would make your blood run cold;
The Northern Lights have seen queer sights,
But the queerest they ever did see
Was that night on the marge of Lake Lebarge
I cremated Sam McGee.

Robert William Service



haresfur

haresfur Avatar

Location: The Golden Triangle
Gender: Male


Posted: Mar 5, 2021 - 12:38pm



 westslope wrote:
Gurdeep Pandher, the dancing Yukon phenomenon, spreads pandemic positivity with traditional bhangra. ‘We can still be joyful’


 
There are strange things done in the midnight sun
By the men who moil for gold
And the Arctic trails hold their secret tales
That would make your blood run cold
The Northern Lights have seen queer sights
But the queerest they ever did see
Was the night on the marge of Lake Lebarge
I cremated Sam McGee

black321

black321 Avatar

Location: An earth without maps
Gender: Male


Posted: Mar 5, 2021 - 10:42am



 westslope wrote:
Gurdeep Pandher, the dancing Yukon phenomenon, spreads pandemic positivity with traditional bhangra. ‘We can still be joyful’


 


westslope

westslope Avatar

Location: BC sage brush steppe


Posted: Mar 5, 2021 - 10:09am

Gurdeep Pandher, the dancing Yukon phenomenon, spreads pandemic positivity with traditional bhangra. ‘We can still be joyful’