Should he come when I am sleeping,
have him sit in the softest chair;
serve him drinks and dainties -
attend him well while he waits there.

Serve him as you have served me
(with diligence and sage endeavor),
and mark his manner while he waits -
be it righteous, or mean, or clever.

And should you find him cold and common,
as were the ones who have come before,
be the gentleman, as always,
and show him quickly to the door.


If you've any comments on this poem, J.D.Heskin would be pleased to hear from you.

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