The Tale of Gentlemen Toe and Skin This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

"Contentmakes poor men rich; discontent makes rich men poor."
- BenjaminFranklin

Let me tell you a story that's very wise
About two differentmen with two different lives
And the happiest one I'm sure you'llknow
Between Mr. Skin and Mr. Toe

Mr. Toe was rich and spoiled
Fromeight to five each day he toiled
In an office that paid quite well
But washe happy? Time will tell

Mr. Skin's job didn't pay
He worked on aferryboat all day
But he was pleased and content with his life
He loved hischildren and his wife

Now one day Toe's Rolls Royce broke
He didn'tknow how to get to work
But the air was clear and the day was fine
He wentto wait in the ferry line

Mr. Skin took the ticket from Mr. Toe
Andtold him that onto the ferry he'd go
So Mr. Toe got off the dock
And theyboth thought their separate thoughts

I pity him, thought Mr. Toe
Thatpoor ticket taker is lowest of low
I'm glad I don't have to live likethat
Compared to me, he's a common rat

That poor, poor man, thought Mr.Skin
For in his life he does not win
He's never content, he always wantsmore
And despite his riches, he's oh, so poor

This story has no greatappeal
But the lesson it demonstrates is real
For if you always want morethan you own
You are poorer than the poorest man known

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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JamieStarr said...
Jun. 21, 2010 at 1:39 am
this is such a great and true story how did you get the idea ti write this?
Someone_Who_Is_Loved said...
Mar. 4, 2010 at 8:13 pm
I love it! So cute and well written! How did u think of this story?
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