Lyrics of Sunshine and Shadow

by Paul Laurence Dunbar

What's the Use

Additional Information
  • Year Published: 1913
  • Language: English
  • Country of Origin: United States of America
  • Source: Dunbar, P.L. (1913). The Complete Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar. New York: Dodd, Mead, and Company.
  • Readability:
    • Flesch–Kincaid Level: 6.5
  • Word Count: 116
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Keywords: life
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What’s the use o’ folks a–frownin’
When the way’s a little rough?
Frowns lay out the road fur smilin’
You’ll be wrinkled soon enough.

What’s the use?
What’s the use o’ folks a–sighin’?
It’s an awful waste o’ breath,
An’ a body can’t stand wastin’
What he needs so bad in death.

What’s the use?
What’s the use o’ even weepin’?
Might as well go long an’ smile.
Life, our longest, strongest arrow,
Only lasts a little while.

What’s the use?