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Any Other Time

ALL of us play our very best game –
Any other time.
Golf or billiards, it’s all the same –
Any other time.
Lose a match and you always say,
“Just my luck! I was ‘off’ to-day!
I could have beaten him quite half-way –
Any other time!”

After a fiver you ought to go –
Any other time.
Every man that you ask says “Oh,
Any other time.
Lend you a fiver! I’d lend you two,
But I’m overdrawn and my bills are due,
Wish you’d ask me-now, mind you do –
Any other time!”

Fellows will ask you out to dine –
Any other time.
“Not to-night, for we’re twenty-nine –
Any other time.
Not to-morrow, for cook’s on strike,
Not next day, I’ll be out on the bike –
Just drop in whenever you like –
Any other time!”

Seasick passengers like the sea –
Any other time.
“Something. . I ate. . disagreed. . with me!
Any other time
Ocean-trav’lling is. . simply bliss,
Must be my. . liver. . has gone amiss. .
Why, I would. . laugh. . at a sea. . like this –
Any other time.”

Most of us mean to be better men –
Any other time:
Regular upright characters then –
Any other time.
Yet somehow as the years go by
Still we gamble and drink and lie,
When it comes to the last we’ll want to die –
Any other time!

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Poem Any Other Time - Andrew Barton Paterson