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A Heap O' Livin'   By: (1881-1959)

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A Heap O' Livin' by Edgar A. Guest is a delightful collection of inspiring and heartwarming poems. This book is a treasure trove of wise words and beautiful verses that capture the essence of everyday life. Guest has a unique ability to explore profound themes with simplicity, making his poems accessible to readers from all walks of life.

The poems in this collection tackle a wide range of topics, from love and friendship to perseverance and self-discovery. Guest's words have a way of resonating with the reader, as he conveys profound truths in a gentle and relatable manner. Each poem offers a nugget of wisdom or a thought-provoking message, leaving readers with a profound sense of reflection and appreciation for the little things in life.

What sets Guest's poetry apart is his optimistic outlook on life. He is a keen observer of human nature and uses his words to uplift and inspire. Whether discussing the joys and trials of parenthood or offering sound advice on how to weather the storms of life, Guest's poetry strikes an emotional chord that lingers long after the pages of the book are turned.

The poems in A Heap O' Livin' are written in a simple and straightforward style, making them accessible to readers of all ages. Guest's use of rhymed verses adds a musical quality to his poetry, making it a joy to read aloud. Additionally, his choice of words is carefully selected, allowing the reader to vividly picture the scenes and emotions he describes.

In addition to its compelling content, the layout of the book deserves praise. Each poem is presented on its own page, allowing readers to savor and reflect on the individual messages without distraction. The book also includes beautiful illustrations that further enhance the reading experience, complementing Guest's words with stunning visual imagery.

Overall, A Heap O' Livin' is a remarkable collection of poems that offers an abundance of inspiration and insight. Edgar A. Guest's words are like a guiding light in a world that can often feel overwhelming. This book is a true treasure for those seeking wisdom, comfort, and a renewed appreciation for the beauty of everyday life.

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A Heap o' Livin'


Edgar A. Guest

To Marjorie and Buddy this little book of verse is affectionately dedicated by their Daddy



When you get to know a fellow, know his joys and know his cares, When you've come to understand him and the burdens that he bears, When you've learned the fight he's making and the troubles in his way, Then you find that he is different than you thought him yesterday. You find his faults are trivial and there's not so much to blame In the brother that you jeered at when you only knew his name.

You are quick to see the blemish in the distant neighbor's style, You can point to all his errors and may sneer at him the while, And your prejudices fatten and your hates more violent grow As you talk about the failures of the man you do not know, But when drawn a little closer, and your hands and shoulders touch, You find the traits you hated really don't amount to much.

When you get to know a fellow, know his every mood and whim, You begin to find the texture of the splendid side of him; You begin to understand him, and you cease to scoff and sneer, For with understanding always prejudices disappear... Continue reading book >>

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