Riches

George Essex Evans 1863 (London) – 1909 (Toowoomba)



Friend, you have wealth and power,
Men go and come at your call,
Yours are the whims of the hour—
What have you done with it all?
I am only a poet
Fighting a bitter fight,
Fate will not even grant me
Leisure in which to write.

You said as your thin lips curled:
“Money is better than bays.”
Battered and bruised by the world!
I still have my golden days.

You have lost the power to enjoy,
You tire of each plaything new,
Mine is the heart of a boy;
Friend, I am richer than you!

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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Quick analysis:

Scheme ABABXCXC DEDE FGFG
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 480
Words 100
Stanzas 3
Stanza Lengths 8, 4, 4

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