BEING USED WELL
The concept of being “well-used”
In Dickens’ MARTIN CHUZZLEWIT, or EDWIN DROOD…
Has different connotations
From its originations,
We think now of being abused.
To wit: being used well,
One had one’s talents to tell…
Which another might coax
To profit you both,
The resultant outcome would be swell.
This negative sense of well-used,
Not so easily disabused…
“Used” is being taken
Spit out and forsaken,
The kind of thing of which we’re not amused.
Has someone helped you reach your full potential,
Been positive as your personal seneschal…
If thus you are improved
And life has come well-hooved,
Then gratefully say you have been used well!
(My college English Literature professors would be pleased.)