The World Is Against Me

December 14, 2006

The world is against me, he said with a sigh.
Somebody stops every scheme that I try.
The world has me down and it’s keeping me there;
I don’t get a chance. Oh, the world is unfair!
When a fellow is poor then he can’t get a show;
The world is determined to keep him down low.

What of Abe Lincoln I asked. Would you say
That he was much richer than you are to-day
He hadn’t your chance of making his mark,
And his outlook was often exceedingly dark;
Yet he clung to his purpose with courage most grim
And he got to the top. Was the world against him

What of Ben Franklin I’ve oft heard it said
That many a time he went hungry to bed.
He started with nothing but courage to climb,
But patiently struggled and waited his time.
He dangled awhile from real poverty’s limb,
Yet he got to the top. Was the world against him

I could name you a dozen, yes, hundreds, I guess,
Of poor boys who’ve patiently climbed to success;
All boys who were down and who struggled alone,
Who’d have thought themselves rich if your fortune they’d known;
Yet they rose in the world you’re so quick to condemn,
And I’m asking you now, was the world against them

by Edgar Guest

  • Abhijeet Basu December 15, 2006 at 4:01 am

    good one…. 🙂

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  • butterfly September 19, 2008 at 12:28 pm

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  • Rupesh Popli April 26, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    Super duper like….