Alabama – 8 (of 10)

(Part 8)

Life needs water, and
It’s better to irrigate than
To arrogate.


  Selfishness is… odd, because
  None of us likes it when
  Practiced by others.

  Selflessness, too, is odd, because
  Many people feel so little
  Natural inclination towards it.


The worker knows that
Good machines are just good tools,
And good tools are never the problem.

Bad tools can be a problem,
Or good tools put to bad use,
Or good tools used in excess of purpose.

So much of the old wisdom is still the best,
To do things in due season and proportion,
To share where you can and save for misfortune,

To plant your seeds where they can grow
And not then trust to fate, who makes
A rather indifferent farmer.

And though not everyone is equal
In the task of nurture, not
To leave what could be done, undone.

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Owen Servant is an online poet working in a style that's been described as "compulsive". In real life, he is an actuary, because being a poet wasn't unpopular enough.

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