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Poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox


The Tides


Be careful what rubbish you toss in the tide.
   On outgoing billows it drifts from your sight,
But back on the incoming waves it may ride
   And land at your threshold again before night.
Be careful what rubbish you toss in the tide.

Be careful what follies you toss in lifes sea.
   On bright dancing billows they drift far away,
But back on the Nemesis tides they may be
   Thrown down at your threshold an unwelcome day
Be careful what follies you toss in youths sea.



Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox's other poems:
  1. The Birth of the Opal
  2. At Forty-Eight
  3. Artist and Man
  4. As by Fire
  5. But a Dream


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