March 1, 2009

You tell on yourself

This poem was taken from Elizabeth George's "A Woman's High Calling" book. I hope it touches your heart the way it touched mine.

You Tell On Yourself

you tell on yourself by the friends you seek
by the very manner in which you speak
by the way you employ your leisure time
by the use you make of dollar and dime

you tell what you are by the things you wear
by the spirit in which you burdens bear
by the kind of things at which you laugh
by the records you play on the phonograph

you tell what you are by the very way you walk
by the things you delight to talk
by the manner in which you bear defeat
by so simple a thing as how you eat

by the books you choose from the well-filled shelf
in these ways and more, you tell on yourself
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