My Wage

I bargained with Life for a penny,
And Life would pay no more,
However I begged at evening,
When I counted my scanty score.
For Life is a just employer,
It gives you what you ask,
But once you have set the wages,
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 gladly paid.

- Jessie B. Rittenhouse


Copyright 2012 by Dennis Klager