My Wage by Jessie Belle Rittenhouse

I found this poem while reading Think And Grow Rich. This book is powerful, the poem is startling…

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 store.


For Life is a 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 had asked of Life,

Life would have willingly paid.”


-Jessie B. Rittenhouse