LANDLORD AND TENANT
by Edgar Guest
The landlord wouldn’t paint the place
or keep it in repair,
yet at the window panes was lace,
though every board was bare
and those who passed it by could trace
the tenant’s tender care.
And those who passed it by could see
a blossoming plant or two.
Despite the tenant’s poverty
a little garden grew,
lovely and gay and orderly
the blazing summer through.
The landlord Life at times seems cold
and deaf to every plea,
yet to our dreams we still can hold;
courageous we can be
and round the place plant marigolds
for passers-by to see.
We, too, with faith, can plant a rose
where all is bleak and bare
and fashion pretty furbelows
for windows of despair,
and work, till our poor dwelling shows
a tenant’s tender care.
From his book, LIFE’S HIGHWAY
© 1933 by the Reilly & Lee Co.
If someone needs help to overcome an obstacle, you don’t stand back and make sympathetic noises — you go in front and stretch out a helping hand.
from The Friendship Book of Francis Gay, 2002
by Edgar Guest
Not for the sake of the gold,
not for the sake of the fame,
not for the prize would I hold
any ambition or aim:
I would be brave and be true
just for the good I can do.
I would be useful on earth,
serving some purpose or cause,
doing some labor of worth,
giving no thought to applause,
thinking less of the gold or the fame
than the joy and the thrill of the game.
Medals their brightness may lose,
fame be forgotten or fade;
any reward we may choose
leaves the account still unpaid.
But little real happiness lies
in fighting alone for a prize.
Give me the thrill of the task,
the joy of the battle and strife,
of being of use – and I’ll ask
no greater reward from this life.
Better than fame or applause
is striving to further a cause.
From his book, A Heap O’ Livin’
© 1916 by the Reilly & Britton Company
Hope you find this verse inspiring. I’ve also posted another fiction story about a fellow lost in a spring storm, titled A Whiff of Smoke, on Christine Composes.com.
Enthusiasm can turn a tiny spark into a brilliant blaze. It also lights up the life of all who come into contact with it.
The Friendship Book of
Francis Gay, 2002