What is the White Man’s Burden? – Bjore Djenison, 1899

What is the “White Man’s Burden?’
It surely can’t be coons:
Though Kipling oft avers it is
In very rhythmic tunes.

What is the white man’s burden?
The preacher thinks it’s sin,
The poor man thinks it’s poverty,
The banker thinks it’s tin.

What is the white man’s burden?
The coward thinks it’s fear,
The brave man thinks it’s bravery,
The brewer thinks it’s beer.

What is the white’s man’s burden?
To the question well return.
Perchance, by often asking,
The truth we may yet learn.

What is the white’s man’s burden?
The fat man thinks it’s girth;
The lean man thinks it’s leanness,
The joker thinks it’s mirth.

What is the white man’s burden?
The mourner thinks its grief:
The soldier thinks it’s discipline.
But Alger thinks it’s beef.

What is the white man’s burden?
The aged think it’s years;
The youngster sulfurs for his youth,
The weeping with their tears.

What is the white man’s burden?
Ere he’s laid upon the shelf-
Ere Father Time has cut him down,
He’ll know it is himself.

Last Updated on December 12, 2020 by Bill Arp

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