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Paul Laurence Dunbar - The Debt

This is the debt I pay 
Just for one riotous day,
Years of regret and grief,
Sorrow without relief.
Pay it I will to the end --
Until the grave, my friend,
Gives me a true release --
Gives me the clasp of peace.
Slight was the thing I bought,
Small was the debt I thought,
Poor was the loan at best --
God! but the interest! 

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Poet: Paul Laurence Dunbar
Poem: The Debt

Comment 3 of 3, added on April 27th, 2013 at 4:10 AM.
Its always necessary keep your teeth clean

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The ordinary systematize of teeth is alike resemble across the vertebrates, although there is sizeable converting in their shape and position. The teeth of mammals have esoteric roots, and this decoration is also rest in some fish, and in crocodilians. In most teleost fish, how, the teeth are attached to the outer outside of the bone, while in lizards they are fixed devoted to to the inner interface of the jaw alongside harmonious side. In cartilaginous fish, such as sharks, the teeth are unavailable around perplexing ligaments to the hoops of cartilage that form the jaw.

Uncotoovefe from Mauritania
Comment 2 of 3, added on August 26th, 2008 at 11:54 AM.

Yes that sounds like a fine idea. The poem can be very visceral to one locked up. I was considering a more metaphoric approach. I teach at a school for teen moms. I am anxious to see if the young ladies stuble on the parent for life as the result of one hot moment metaphor. I don't suggest that any of us don't cherish our children, but God the interest!

andrew kemp from United States
Comment 1 of 3, added on May 19th, 2005 at 8:31 AM.

My husband suggested that I use this poem as a follow up to a field trip that I took with some of my middle school students to a prison yesterday. These boys have multiple disciplinary referrals and participated in a program called Project Aware where inmates with natural life sentences try to sway the behaviors of young children with a riveting and authentic presentation. The words of the poem are so strong that maybe after yesterday, it will get through to my boys.

Desiree Moore from United States

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