Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE TOOTHPICK, by GHALIB IBN RIBAH AL-HAJJAM

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THE TOOTHPICK, by                
First Line: Why does the king not pay
Last Line: Fling carelessly away?

Why does the king not pay
Attention to my plight,
Who brightened with my ray
So long his weary sight?

Am I a toothpick then
Which, bringing into play
Their teeth to whiten, men
Fling carelessly away?

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