Paul Laurence Dunbar

(1872-1906 / Ohio / United States)

Life - Poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar

Acrust of bread and a corner to sleep in,
A minute to smile and an hour to weep in,
A pint of joy to a peck of trouble,
And never a laugh but the moans come double;
And that is life!

A crust and a corner that love makes precious,
With a smile to warm and the tears to refresh us;
And joy seems sweeter when cares come after,
And a moan is the finest of foils for laughter;
And that is life!

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Poem Submitted: Friday, April 2, 2010

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