The Contrast

Fat lady, in your four-wheeled chair,
  Dolled up to beat the band,
At me you arrogantly stare
  With gold lorgnette in hand.
Oh how you differ from the dame
  So shabby, gaunt and grey,
With legs rheumatically lame,
  Who steers you on your way.

Nay, jewelled lady, look not back
  Lest you should be disturbed
To see the skinny hag in black
  Who boosts you up the curb.
Of course I know you get her cheap,
  Since she's a lady too,
And bite to eat and bed to sleep
  Maybe are all her due.

Alas for those who give us aid
  Yet need more help than we!
And though she thinks the wages paid
  Are almost charity,
I'd love to see that lady fat
  Lug round that hefty chair,
While with lorgnette and feathered hat
  Her handmaid lounges there.

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