William Arthur Ward

(1921 - 1994 / Louisiana)

The Optimist vs the Pessimist - Poem by William Arthur Ward

The optimist turns the impossible into the possible;
the pessimist turns the possible into the impossible.
The optimist pleasantly ponders how high the kite will fly;
the pessimist woefully wonders how soon the kite will fall.
The optimist sees a green near every sand trap;
the pessimist sees a sand trap near every green.
The optimist looks at the horizon and sees an opportunity;
the pessimist peers into the distance and fears a problem.

To the optimist all doors have handles and hinges;
to the pessimist all doors have locks and latches.
The optimist promotes progress, prosperity and plenty;
the pessimist preaches limitations, liabilities and losses.
The optimist accentuates assets, abundance, and advantages;
the pessimist majors in mistakes, misfortunes and misery.
The optimist goes out and finds the bell;
the pessimist gives up and wrings his or her hands.

Topic(s) of this poem: uplifting


Comments about The Optimist vs the Pessimist by William Arthur Ward

  • Chinedu Dike (9/1/2015 1:11:00 PM)


    Lovely piece of poetry, well articulated and insightfully penned with conviction. The pessimistic sees a cup half empty while the optimistic sees one half full. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

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  • Rajnish Manga (8/27/2015 4:21:00 AM)


    This is a very objective assessment of both type of individuals as well as negative and positive points attached with both the traits- pessimism and optimism. It reflects upon your sharp observation. Nice one. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, August 27, 2015

Poem Edited: Thursday, August 27, 2015


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