The Tides (Poems of Power)

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by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

   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 an unwelcome day
   Be careful what follies you toss in youth’s sea.

by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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