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Ella Wheeler Wilcox - Life's Scars

They say the world is round, and yet
I often think it square,
So many little hurts we get
From corners here and there.
But one great truth in life I've found,
While journeying to the West-
The only folks who really wound
Are those we love the best. 

The man you thoroughly despise
Can rouse your wrath, 'tis true;
Annoyance in your heart will rise
At things mere strangers do;
But those are only passing ills;
This rule all lives will prove;
The rankling wound which aches and thrills
Is dealt by hands we love. 

The choicest garb, the sweetest grace,
Are oft to strangers shown;
The careless mien, the frowning face,
Are given to our own.
We flatter those we scarcely know,
We please the fleeting guest,
And deal full many a thoughtless blow
To those who love us best. 

Love does not grow on every tree,
Nor true hearts yearly bloom.
Alas for those who only see
This cut across a tomb!
But, soon or late, the fact grows plain
To all through sorrow's test:
The only folks who give us pain
Are those we love the best. 

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Poet: Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Poem: Life's Scars

Comment 1 of 1, added on March 28th, 2007 at 10:07 AM.

MY BROTHER WAS RECENTLY MURDERED AND THIS POEM WAS IN HIS LETTERS TO MY GRANDPARENTS WHO PASSED WHILE HE WAS IN PRISON.THIS IS BEAUTIFUL AND THE ONLY POEM WE KNOW OF THAT HE SENT HOME.I LOVE IT.

IOLA SANTOS from United States

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