Week 9 My Wage – Jessie Rittenhouse 1918

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Poem from 1918 by Jessie B. Rittenhouse.

“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 paid.

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5 thoughts on “Week 9 My Wage – Jessie Rittenhouse 1918

  1. masterkeyjohns

    It’s a very thought-provoking poem and runs in parallel with Master keys- well chosen Judy! Jessie wrote that poem in her first book of verse when she was 49, She wrote at least 3 more books of poetry along with lots of other works in her remaining life, so she must have taken her words to heart.

    Thank you!


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