Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, INDISPENSABLE, by BERTON BRALEY



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First Line: The world is crowded with clever chaps
Last Line: At the time that he says he'll do it!
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Procrastination; Work; Workers


The world is crowded with clever chaps
Who, given some work to do—perhaps
Will finish the job in season;
But who will probably stall and shirk,
Postpone, procrastinate, dodge the work
For any old sort of reason;
But the Other Kind—they are precious few—
Are the fellows who hop right to it
—The men who do what they say they'll do
At the time that they say they'll do it!

Oh, the time we waste and the nerves we fray
With the folks who promise a job to-day
And bring it in three days later!
There's nobody causes so much of pain
As the chap whose promise is wholly vain
The chronic procrastinator!
How welcome then is the toiler who
Having started a task, gets through it,
The man who does what he says he'll do
At the time that he says he'll do it!

He may be plodding, he may be slow
But when he gets on the job, you know
He'll finish it—on the minute;
And because he's true to his word and task,
He'll get whatever he cares to ask
Of the world and the wealth that's in it.
Success will follow his efforts through
He never will have to woo it—
This man who does what he says he'll do
At the time that he says he'll do it!





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