Elizabeth Padillo Olesen

If I Were A Child In Riches - Poem by Elizabeth Padillo Olesen

If I lived in riches as a child
with servants all around
to attend all my needs,
I wouldn’t have learned
to labor by my own hands
and see how each seed
should grow from the ground.

If I lived in riches as a child
with everything provided,
ready made for my taste
and pleasure, I wouldn’t have
learned the mystery from want
and the will to produce
for life’s survival.

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Comments about If I Were A Child In Riches by Elizabeth Padillo Olesen

  • Khairul AhsanKhairul Ahsan (12/19/2013 11:39:00 PM)

    A nice poem and a nice realization.
    Manual labor pays rich dividends in life. Sometimes, riches in life are too filthy!

    Elizabeth Padillo OlesenElizabeth Padillo Olesen(3/8/2017 8:57:00 AM)

    Thanks for your beautiful comment, Kahairul Ahsan. Thanks a lot.

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, December 12, 2013

Poem Edited: Thursday, December 12, 2013

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