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Oliver Wendell Holmes - A Parody on “A Psalm of Life”

Life is real, life is earnest, 
And the shell is not its pen –
“Egg thou art, and egg remainest”
Was not spoken of the hen.

Art is long and Time is fleeting, 
Be our bills then sharpened well, 
And not like muffled drums be beating
On the inside of the shell.

In the world’s broad field of battle, 
In the great barnyard of life, 
Be not like those lazy cattle! 
Be a rooster in the strife! 

Lives of roosters all remind us, 
We can make our lives sublime, 
And when roasted, leave behind us, 
Hen tracks on the sands of time.

Hen tracks that perhaps another
Chicken drooping in the rain, 
Some forlorn and henpecked brother, 
When he sees, shall crow again. 

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Poet: Oliver Wendell Holmes
Poem: A Parody on “A Psalm of Life”

Comment 47 of 47, added on February 28th, 2014 at 5:25 AM.
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Comment 46 of 47, added on November 18th, 2013 at 7:06 PM.
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Comment 45 of 47, added on October 31st, 2013 at 5:39 AM.
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k0CIEj Thanks for sharing, this is a fantastic article post.Really looking forward to read more.

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