Paul Laurence Dunbar

(1872-1906 / Ohio / United States)

The Debt

Poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar

This is the debt I pay
Just for one riotous day,
Years of regret and grief,
Sorrow without relief.
Pay it I will to the end --
Until the grave, my friend,
Gives me a true release --
Gives me the clasp of peace.
Slight was the thing I bought,
Small was the debt I thought,
Poor was the loan at best --
God! but the interest!

Comments about The Debt by Paul Laurence Dunbar

  • Jaylah Roberts-coleman (10/18/2009 12:06:00 PM)

    I was looking for a poem to interput and when i found this one i just stop looking


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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004