Riches – a lighthearted poem on a little everyday insanity

Riches,Riches poem1

It’s a poem I wrote in response to a show I saw on TV about how people go Christmas shopping. It’s meant in a fun and lighthearted way, but I think it’s got a little truth at the core.  Since the picture turned out a bit small to read it well (and I also made some spelling mistakes), here is what it reads:


by Lola

Riches, riches people gather
spoon of gold and couch of leather
expensive car’s no luxury
tinsel in the treasury
who has got the biggest jewel?
is the question that is fuel
to the common man’s desire
which makes him withstand hell and fire
on his eternal quest for more
losing sight of solid shore.

The sea of riches will fulfill
man’s addicted strive until
the grass next door seems greener still.

By the way, it doesn’t matter
what kind of riches people gather
as long as they collect with greed
stuff that they don’t really need
just to show off their possession
or – respective – their profession.
The thing itself is not of value
(Of course that’s not what they would tell you!)
It’s other people’s praise they seek
– what other people about them speak.

Which in itself does not give credit
to self esteem (well, if they had it).
A content life? They can forget it.

This is the truth you must endure:
Gather riches and stay poor!


In my approach to see the good things about Christmas, I wish for everyone to keep in mind and to appreciate the things that really matter in life and to remember that those are rarely found under a tree! 😉


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. manyofus1980
    Dec 16, 2012 @ 12:49:06

    Thats great. And really funny. Go you…xo

  2. nobodysreadingme
    Dec 17, 2012 @ 11:53:28

    Overheard in the pub the other day
    ‘Jesus I went Christmas shopping and spent 400 quid! (Errm, that about $770 I think). In 40 minutes!’
    I didn’t say ‘Buy cheaper presents. But if you insist on splashing the cash, don’t whinge afterwards.’ But I thought it.

    • Lola
      Dec 17, 2012 @ 17:08:20

      Hihi, yeah, nobody exactly forced him to part with all the money! But I guess some people really like showing off how much money they (can) spend. 😉

      • nobodysreadingme
        Dec 17, 2012 @ 17:14:09

        Some maybe, yes. But more andmore people seem to be genuinely resenting it and reining themselves in.
        when I was married we never bought each other big presents, just small tokens. We figured we ahd everything we needed, so why bother? We used to put the money towards foreign holidays in farflung interesting places. £400 will get you a week in India if you shop about. I know what I’d rather do with my money

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