An optimist and pessimist

     Were walking down the street.

The pessimist looked quite forlorn -

     His life was far from sweet.

 

“It’s very sad to think” he said

     “We’ve to pay for dental care.”

“Yes, but I think we are quite lucky

     That our teeth are all still there”

 

The optimist looked at the sky:

     “It’s such a lovely day” –

The pessimist looked miserable:

     “But snow is on its way.”

 

His friend replied:  “Well never mind,

     It will not linger long.”

The pessimist was dubious.

     He thought his friend was wrong.

 

The optimist will see dark clouds

     But also silver linings,

And even on the darkest day,

     Somewhere the sun is shining.

 

The pessimist sees a blacker side

     To every single action.

His face is long, his life is bleak

     With little satisfaction.

 

He sadly sits and grunts and groans

     That his hair is falling out,

And with sadness written on his face

     He always wears a pout.

 

The optimist is full of joy

      That half his hair remains,

And every day says thanks to God

     That he never does complain.

 

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Published in my book: "Reflections" - in 2010 - one of almost 400 poems chosen by teachers and children in many schools in West Yorkshire.

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