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

Poems of Power by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Chicago : W. B. Conkey, 1902.


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