The sky of brightest gray seems dark
To one whose sky was ever white.
To one who never knew a spark,
Thro' all his life, of love or light,
The grayest cloud seems over-bright.
The robin sounds a beggar's note
Where one the nightingale has heard,
But he for whom no silver throat
Its liquid music ever stirred,
Deems robin still the sweetest bird.
This poem is in the public domain.
"Comparison" appeared in The Collected Poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar (Dodd, Mead and Company, 1913).