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Category: Funny Cynicism Poems
       Classic humorous and funny poems using cynicism and a disdain for general opinion, as well as distrust of the intentions of others.

  WITHOUT AND WITHIN  

My coachman, in the moonlight there,
    Looks through the side-light of the door;
I hear him with his brethren swear,
    As I could do,--but only more.

Flattening his nose against the pane,
    He envies me my brilliant lot,
Breathes on his aching fist in vain,
    And dooms me to a place more hot.

He sees me in to supper go,
    A silken wonder by my side,
Bare arms, bare shoulders, and a row
    Of flounces, for the door too wide.

He thinks how happy is my arm,
    'Neath its white-gloved and jewelled load;
And wishes me some dreadful harm,
    Hearing the merry corks explode.

Meanwhile I inly curse the bore
    Of hunting still the same old coon,
And envy him, outside the door,
    The golden quiet of the moon.

The winter wind is not so cold
    As the bright smile he sees me win,
Nor the host's oldest wine so old
    As our poor gabble, sour and thin.

I envy him the rugged prance
    By which his freezing feet he warms,
And drag my lady's chains, and dance,
    The galley-slave of dreary forms.

Oh, could he have my share of din,
    And I his quiet--past a doubt
'Twould still be one man bored within,
    And just another bored without.

                             James Russell Lowell.


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