Some inherit manly beauty, Some come into worldly wealth; Some have lofty sense of duty, Others boast exultant health. Though the pick may be confusing, Health, wealth, charm or character, If you had the chance of choosing Which would you prefer?
I’m not sold on body beauty, Though health I appreciate; Character and sense of duty I resign to Men of State. I don’t need a heap of money; Oh I know I’m hard to please. Though to you it may seem funny, I want none of these.
No, give me Imagination, And the gift of weaving words Into patterns of creation, With the lilt of singing birds; Passion and the power to show it, Sense of life with love expressed: Let my be a bloody poet,– You can keep the rest.
Robert William Service