Naked Materialism

What's in a thing?

Is it truly ours,

something we can brand?

Tell me did you make it sir?

No? Oh, you think gold sufficed.


Is the gold really yours,

do you claim it as your due?

Oh, you perspired in misery,

attaining it by your blood.


Perhaps I should let that stand,

ignoring the obvious question

but why?


Shall we take another look,

wondering who made your flesh,

which flesh you make to suffer,

lusting after things you did not form

things that are yours by formality

which things you can't keep

in the end sacrificing all

replacing things with a narrow cell

buried deep?


Enough of that!

You get the point,

or so I'd hope.

Where, when you can't rebuild your skin

starting from dirt and giving it life

(you might replicate it in time

but that's not the same

any idiot knows that)

so where in life do you stake your claim

grabbing a hold of it

this or that

placing it before you as a god

letting your covetous heart worship it

be it a car

or a yacht?


If you lost all tomorrow

how hard would you grieve?

Be honest.

I need not know the truth

even if I did it would be no good to you

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hillrider 5 years ago from Mid-west United States

Had an elderly friend who was fond of saying "You can't take it with you, you can't send it on ahead and you surely aren't coming back for it" ...


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Jaggedfrost 5 years ago Author

And he was absolutely right.


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Rosie2010 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Hiya Jaggedfrost, well done! Everything you said is true and wrote it convincingly well. This hit me in the heart.. as this had happened to me.. and the answer is no.. I don't miss anything at all. All the memories are in my heart.

Have a nice day,

Rosie


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Jaggedfrost 5 years ago Author

I am glad and sad to know that. I am happy you enjoyed this work all the same.

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