It’s better to borrow, bet, beg, or barter
for a bit of bitter bare-bones bread,
than bend over backwards or farther
to bask in the bounty of a banner buttered spread
if it’s bestowed by a band of abrasive abettors,
bounders, panders, beaters, all.
Tis far better not to be a debtor
than befall the beating of their brawl!
But if you’d rather bite the bait
of their blather and their plate,
put your plantar in their bootless slander
and become the butt of all their banter
as they feast upon your pate!