WHY SHOULD HE LIVE OFF THE FAT OF THE LAND

'Why should he live off the Fat of the Land?'
Ask the laborer and the unlettered
With Hard Currency all they understand
'How lives a man so Duty-unfettered?'
Concrete and Dollars, for them that is Work
Whispish Ideas and Words don't stack up
He who pursues airy whims is a shirk
On Horse of Life his foot missed the stirrup
How could they see the Real Effort involved
In bucking the very Bronco of Life
I must needs be sufficiently evolved
To make Art out of their Ignoble Strife
    To construe from Life some Higher Meaning
    I repay all the Fat I am gleaning.
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