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Edgar Guest

Ain't it fine when things are going
   Topsy-turvy and askew
To discover someone showing
   Good old-fashioned faith in you?

Ain't it good when life seems dreary
   And your hopes about to end,
Just to feel the handclasp cheery
   Of a fine old loyal friend?

Gosh! one fellow to another
   Means a lot from day to day,
Seems we're living for each other
   In a friendly sort of way.

When a smile or cheerful greetin'
   Means so much to fellows sore,
Seems we ought to keep repeatin'
   Smiles an' praises more an' more.

This poem is in the public domain.



Edgar Guest (1881 - 1959)  was born in England,  but moved with his family to Detroit, Michigan, when he was ten years old. He worked for more than sixty years at the Detroit Free Press, publishing his first poem at the age of seventeen, then going on to become a reporter and columnist whose work was featured in hundreds of newspapers around the country. Edgar is said to have written some 11,000 poems during his lifetime, most of it sentimental, short, upbeat verse. Critics often derided his work, but America adored him. He was known as the "People's Poet," served as Michigan's poet laureate, hosted a long-running radio show and TV show, and published more than twenty books.





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Jean Colonomos:
So well said.
Posted 08/18/2019 10:59 AM
This poem seems one-layered but crafted are fulfilling complexities.
Posted 08/18/2019 10:02 AM
Love this!!!
Posted 08/18/2019 09:37 AM
Edgar was a major influence on my own poetry. I enjoyed reading his work in Detroit.
Posted 08/18/2019 09:05 AM
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