A Choice

They please me not-- these solemn songs
That hint of sermons covered up.
'T is true the world should heed its wrongs,
But in a poem let me sup,
Not simples brewed to cure or ease
Humanity's confessed disease,
But the spirit-wine of a singing line,
Or a dew-drop in a honey cup!

by Paul Laurence Dunbar

Comments (7)

Such a good write by Paul Laurence Dunbar👍👍👍
To cure or ease! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
The choice- be and let be- well expressed.
Tossed between propriety and the fitness of things there is a choice........well master craft by master poet........ thanks for sharing
I dislike politically based poetry- especially concerning a past I have no knowledge of. But there are followers of this kind. In the end, viva la difference
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