On Being Broke Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis


Don't mind being broke at allA
When I can say that what I hadB
Was spent for toys for kiddies smallA
And that the spending made 'em gladB
I don't regret the money goneC
If happiness it left behindD
An empty purse I'll look uponE
Contented if its record's kindD
There's no disgrace in being brokeF
Unless it's due to flying highG
Though poverty is not a jokeF
The only thing that counts is 'why 'H
The dollars come to me and goI
To day I've eight or ten to spendJ
To morrow I'll be sailing lowI
And have to lean upon a friendJ
But if that little bunch of mineK
Is richer by some toy or frillL
I'll face the world and never whineK
Because I lack a dollar billL
I'm satisfied if I can seeM
One smile that hadn't bloomed beforeN
The only thing that counts with meM
Is what I've spent my money forN
I might regret my sorry plightO
If selfishness brought it aboutP
If for the fun I had last nightO
Some joy they'd have to go withoutP
But if I've swapped my bit of goldQ
For laughter and a happier packR
Of youngsters in my little foldQ
I'll never wish those dollars backR
If I have traded coin for thingsS
They needed and have left them gladB
Then being broke no sorrow bringsS
I've done my best with what I hadB

Edgar Albert Guest


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