For all the blessings that have come to you
Whether by fortune or your industry,
There is a rightful obligation due
By fit and natural reciprocity.
For you can never claim that all alone
You’ve earned or won such gratifying wealth,
Since all your life you’ve been sustained and grown
By those who tend your nurture and your health.
Who grows your food? Who keeps your water clean?
Who regulates the quality of air?
So many public servants go unseen
On whom you lean for sustenance and care.
No matter how you glory in your pelf,
You’re not an island fortress in yourself.