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There Is a Difference
William Henry Dawson

There is cause for many stings,
     In the way some folks do things,
Some go at it “hammer ‘n’ tongs,”
     Some with curses, some with songs;
But to each some trait belongs,
Some have soured on everything,
     Can’t find aught without a sting,
There are others not so sour,
     Who find on every thorn a flower,
And for good they are a power,
As I’ve traveled life’s pathway,
     I’ve found grumbling doesn’t pay,
Of the kicker folks have tired;
     He’s no longer much admired,
From good company he’s been “fired,”
As I walk along the street,
     I look for the good and sweet,
All the sour ones I pass by,
     And the only reason why -
I couldn’t like them if I’d try,
So, my friend, take my advice,
     Don’t let me have to tell you twice,
If you would ever happy be,
     Don’t be sour with all you see,
But be joyous, happy and free.

This poem is in the public domain.

Despite extensive research, we have been unable to find biographical information about William Henry Dawson (1865 - 1928) other than publication of several books. If you have information about this poet, please contact us.




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So pedestrian, and so true.
Posted 05/16/2022 12:43 PM
This is a great Dont-worry-be-happy-every-little-thing-gonna-be-all-right poem. I cannot think of another poem with this rhyme scheme.
Posted 05/16/2022 09:36 AM
Posted 05/16/2022 09:27 AM
This is a GREAT choice for today. It's also my kind of poem--love the rhyme scheme and the message even more.
Posted 05/16/2022 09:27 AM
Larry Schug:
KImVT, you've said it all. I can only. agree. Interesting rhyme scheme, William Henry>
Posted 05/16/2022 08:21 AM
Amen !
Posted 05/16/2022 07:36 AM
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