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Poetry on Wednesday

LIFTING AND LEANING
There are two kinds of people on earth today,
Just two kinds of people, no more, I say.
Not the good and the bad, ’tis well understood
The good are half bad and the bad are half good.

Not the rich and the poor, for to count a man’s wealth
You must first know the state of his conscience and health.

Not the humble and proud, for in life’s busy span
Who puts on vain airs in not counted a man.

No! the two kinds of people on earth I mean
Are the people who lift and the people who lean.

Wherever you go you will find the world’s masses
Are ever divided in just these two classes.

And, strangely enough, you will find, too, I ween,
There is only one lifter to twenty who lean.

In which class are you? Are you easing the load
Of overtaxed lifters who toil down the road?

Or are you a leaner who lets others bear

Your portion of worry and labor and care?
                                                  ~Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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6 thoughts on “Poetry on Wednesday

  1. Very nice! I sure hope I'm a "lifter" and not a leaner most of the time. But I think that sometimes, all people are a little of both. Great poem, Laura!

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