Proverbial Platitudes, a poem written by Aaron Marchant at

Proverbial Platitudes

Proverbial Platitudes

written by: Aaron Marchant


Give a man a fish and you will feed him for a day
Give a man an acre, and he’ll soon be making hay
Give a man encouragement, he’ll do the work of two
Give a man too much respect, and he’ll give none to you

Lay down with a dog and you’ll be waking up with fleas
Lay down with the hateful, and you’ll share in their disease
Lay down with a harlot and the gutter will be beckoning
Lay down with a pauper, and it’s you who’ll pay the reckoning

In the land of the blind, it’s the one eyed man who’s king
In the land of the ignorant, knowledge is everything
In the land of plenty, there’s no virtue in the giving
In the land of scarcity, the smallest crumb’s a living

It’s better to have loved and lost than never loved at all
It’s better to be lonely than at someone’s beck and call
It’s better to be penniless than wealthy at death’s door
It’s better to share lodgings, than be sleeping on the floor

In the midst of life, we are each of us in death
In the midst of argument, the wise man saves his breath
In the midst of turmoil, the calm man shows the way
In the midst of future sorrows, you’ll be glad you smiled today

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