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Swim Or Float Or Drown



When your bastion tumbles
When your fort falls down
When your haven crumbles
Swim or float or drown

When your gamble wanders
When your bet falls down
When your ante squanders
Swim or float or drown

When your commerce alters
When your job falls down
When your business falters
Swim or float or drown

When your muscle dwindles
When your hit falls down
When your control spindles
Swim or float or drown

When your purpose hobbles
When your aim falls down
When your concept bobbles
Swim or float or drown

When your fortune splinters
When your gain falls down
When your windfall winters
Swim or float or drown
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Submitted on February 05, 2010

Modified on April 06, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme abaB cbcB cbcB abaB abaB abcB
Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 580
Words 108
Stanzas 6
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4

Wallace Dean LaBenne

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