Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The Rich Man / Franklin P. Adams

The Rich Man

The rich man has his motor-car,
     His country and his town estate.
He smokes a fifty-cent cigar
          And jeers at Fate.

He frivols through the livelong day,
     He knows not Poverty, her pinch.
His lot seems light, his heart seems gay;
          He has a cinch.

Yet though my lamp burns low and dim,
     Though I must slave for livelihood —
Think you that I would change with him?
          You bet I would!

Franklin P. Adams
from Tobogganing on Parnassus, 1909

[Poem is public domain in Canada and the United States]

Franklin P. Adams biography

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