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"Yield and you need not break"
"Bend and you can straighten"
"Emptied and you can hold"
"Torn and you can mend."
"As want can reward you - so wealth can bewilder."

Aware of these things, the sane person
Has a simple return which other people seek:
Without inflaming herself she is kindled
Without explaining herself is explained
Without taking credit, is accredited
Laying no claim, is acclaimed.
And because she does not compete,
She finds peaceful competence.

How true is the old saying: "Yield and you need not break!"
And how completely it comes home!

Henry Meyerding 2007-01-27