My Wage – by Jessie B. Rittenhouse

My Wage – by Jessie B. Rittenhouse



I bargained with Life for a penny

And Life would pay no more

However I begged at evening

While I counted my scanty store


For Life is just an employer

He gives you what you ask

But once you have set the wages

Why, you must bear the task


I worked for a menial’s hire

Only to learn, dismayed

That any wage I asked of life

Life would have paid


Jesse B. Rittenhouse


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