My Father-in-Law and I

Henry Lawson, 1906

      My father-in-law is a careworn man,
      And a silent man is he;
      But he summons a smile as well as he can
      Whenever he meets with me.
      The sign we make with a silent shake
      That speaks of the days gone by —
      Like men who meet at a funeral —
      My father-in-law and I.

      My father-in-law is a sober man
      (And a virtuous man, I think);
      But we spare a shilling whenever we can,
      And we both drop in for a drink.
      Our pints they fill, and we say, "Ah, well!"
      With the sound of the world-old sigh —
      Like the drink that comes after a funeral —
      My father-in-law and I.

      My father-in-law is a kindly man —
      A domestic man is he.
      He tries to look cheerful as well as he can
      Whenever he meets with me.
      But we stand and think till the second drink
      In a silence that might imply
      That we'd both get over a funeral,
      My father-in-law and I.