For a Penny

Poem of the Day: I bargained with Life for a penny, And Life would pay no more, However I begged at evening When I counted my scanty store.

For Life is just employer, He gives you what you ask. But once you have set the wages, Why; you must bear the task.

I worked for a menial's hire, Only to learn, dismayed, That any wage I asked of Life, Life would have willingly paid.

Jessie Belle Rittenhouse (1869–1948)