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People will talk you know

You may get through this world but it will be slow,if
\you listen to all that is said as you go. You will be
\worried,and fretted and kept in a stew,for medellesome
\tongues must have something to do. They will talk nice
\before you, but then at your back,Venom and slander there's
\never a lack. They will cover your wants,and talk of your
\ways,declare you unfit.Then be nice and polite in all that
\they say, but bitter and ugly when you're out of the way.If
\thread bare your coat or old fashion your
\hat,someone of course will take note of that,and hint
\strongly,you can't pay your way,but never mind about
\that,there is nothing you can say. If you are dressed in
\style,don't think to escape,they will talk about you in a
\different shape,your ahead of your means,or your taylor's
\unpaid. But don't be ashamed,what ever they say ,don't
\think to stop them for there isn't any use. For people will
\talk you know. The best way to do,is do as you
\please,and your mind,if you have one,will then be at ease.
\You will meet with all sorts of abuse don't think to stop
\them the is no use. Cause people will talk you know.
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Poetry.com 3.7 out of 5 based on 3 votes.
Trevor Knight More than 1 year ago
You hit the nail right on the head there. They all talk no matter what. Good Job!
April Pritchett More than 1 year ago
Thank you very much, it's the way I've grown to know things to be.
April Pritchett More than 1 year ago
This is April Pritchett, I'm writing a note to say that I appreciate the nice Comments I've received from Face book , Tweet, and other about the poem (People Will Talk You Know). I'd like you to know that my mother and myself peddled around and came up with it together. She asked me to put it all in my name and try to see if we could publish it. Her name is Virginia (Ginny, Gina) Pittman. She knows about the poem getting published, but she's passed away before I could tell her about very many compliments. I'm Mostly thanking you for her, for she would be plum tickled silly for you. Thank you, April
Beverly Tilley More than 1 year ago
Nice poem, people talk all the time, without sweeping around their on front door first.
April Pritchett More than 1 year ago
This is April Pritchett, I'm writing a note to say that I appreciate the nice Comments I've received from Face book , Tweet, and other about the poem (People Will Talk You Know). I'd like you to know that my mother and myself peddled around and came up with it together. She asked me to put it all in my name and try to see if we could publish it. Her name is Virginia (Ginny, Gina) Pittman. She knows about the poem getting published, but she's passed away before I could tell her about very many compliments. I'm Mostly thanking you for her, for she would be plum tickled silly for you. Thank you, April
FineMare More than 1 year ago
April, Your mother probably didn't intend to borrow someone else's poem but your poem is not original. I'm sure she came up with the lines from memory as this was a very popular poem in the early 20th century. I found a copy of it in my gr grandmother's scrapbook she began in 1885. The author of your poem is Mary E. Harris and you and your mother have recreated most lines verbatim. Please give credit to Mary E. Harris. To my knowledge, it is on the public domain, but you would be plagiarizing if you publish it under your name or your mother's. I am sorry to disappoint you now that your mom has passed. It is a lovely poem and deserves to be recited. Best Wishes, Lisa
pearlie More than 1 year ago
You are correct. I used this poem for my choral reading group at church 13 years ago. Our research, at that time showed Mary E. Harris as the author. P. Robinson, Atlanta ga
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