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Greed: A Poem

Updated on September 10, 2012
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photo edited by EclecticFusion

GREED

Dishonesty is the best policy

She said to herself with a wicked smile

What they don’t suspect, is better for me

as she takes their money by the pile.


They’ll only use it on drugs and fluff

I’ll make better use of their stash!

New windows and floors - a modest swimming pool

Hey, I’m not using my own cash!


Thank you Lord for putting me in charge

to show these underlings the right way

to shut up and take the money I give them,

If they want more, let ‘em pray!


To work or not, it’s up to them,

there’s always more suckers in line.

So thankful I’ve hired them in these tough times,

not knowing each paycheck will decline.


Don’t question me now, I’m really busy.

My wishlist needs a revision or two.

I’ve decided I want that one in every color!

Heck! I can afford it and deserve it, too!


After this order, I guess I must work,

as there is a new face at my door.

An energetic, little dark-haired fool.

That’s odd, his feet aren’t touching the floor.


I prepare the speech about large paychecks

The sky is the limit, there’s always a lot!

I smile as his eyes twinkle and dance,

Is it me, or is this office getting hot?


The door slams shut with unseen hands

as the room fills with an unpleasant smell.

I cry as he tells me to leave my cash

because there’s nothing to buy in Hell!


©LMY 9.10.2012

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      whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

      Much drama, expression, and a lesson to be taught in this work. Well done and it is a welcomed hub, indeed.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lisa my friend, so nice to see you back! And you are off and running with a poem that speaks to me. I have been writing often about greed of late; this poem fits nicely into my ranting and raving about modern society in this country. Nice work!

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      Lisa 4 years ago from Tennessee

      whonunuwho, thanks for the comment! I'm glad you liked it!

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      Lisa 4 years ago from Tennessee

      Bill, I'm happy to be back!

      Greed is awful and this poem is directed at someone very close to me. It's one of those situations where they can do whatever they want and I can do nothing. I hope she sees the error of her ways soon!

      Thanks for the comment and I see that I have a lot of catching up to do with your hubs!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, I'm just glad you and your talent are back. No need to catch up; I'll crank out a new one every day. :)

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      cleaner3 4 years ago

      very nice poem , Lisa.. glad to see you writing again.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Wow...that sure hits the old greed spot right where it hurts...in hell! Beautifully done and insightful...Voted up, awesome and interesting.

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      Lisa 4 years ago from Tennessee

      Bill, I look forward to it!

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      Lisa 4 years ago from Tennessee

      Michael, thanks! I'm glad to see that you are still here! I'll visit you soon!

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      Lisa 4 years ago from Tennessee

      tillsontitan, thank you so much! I really appreciate the votes! Thanks for reading my words!

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      Dee aka Nonna 4 years ago

      I was not expecting the end.....quite a surprise. I am always a little envious of people who can put feelings and thoughts down in a poem. Great one. Really enjoyed reading it.

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Wouldn't it be nice if every CEO in the US would see this and change their ways? And yes, the Easter Bunny wears a costume and goes trick or treating, too! I loved it, and sadly, except for the last line, it's so true! Great Job!

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      Lisa 4 years ago from Tennessee

      Dee aka Nonna, I was in a down and out place when I wrote this. I felt there was no justice because she does whatever she pleases, but I do have a place to rant and that always makes me feel better! Thanks for the comment!

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      Lisa 4 years ago from Tennessee

      rcrumple, I think it should hang in every office and breakroom in America! haha! Thanks for the comment!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Wow, coming back on fire here on HP! Awesome. Glad to see you back. This is a great way to make a come back. Justice will be done in the end no doubt! Excellent write. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      kjforce 4 years ago from Florida

      EclecticFusion...nice to hear from you again..wondered where you went ? enjoyed the poem...I got the impression of business's taking advantage of people down on their luck by making false promises..( for instance telemarketers & commission jobs)..however..it could also be an accountant or financial advisor..either way guess she got her dues....welcome back you were misssd...interesting write..voted up

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Great expression of thoughtless greed and retribution! There is no escape after all.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      welcome back. For those of us who know people who suffer from intense greed this has special meaning. You expressed it well. Voted UP.

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      Lisa 4 years ago from Tennessee

      Faith Reaper, thanks for the comment! I'm glad to be back and I believe justice will be done because I know it's out of my hands!

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      Lisa 4 years ago from Tennessee

      kj force, she is just someone that thinks she can treat her employees any old way, but she'll get it in the end! Thanks for the comment and I'm very happy to be back! Now I need to see if I can write something to post today!

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      Lisa 4 years ago from Tennessee

      xstatic, greed will get you in the end! Thanks for the comment!

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      Lisa 4 years ago from Tennessee

      carol7777, it's sad that there's probably a lot of us that know people like this! Thanks for the vote!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      omgomgomg...will you marry me? lol..have you read my gouging article? how bout 'you can't always get what you want'? or.. or...OR LOL...are we ever on the same page..sentence! Excellent poetry, sentiment - and outrage!

      So much for the trickle down effect, eh? That worked when employers actually knew - and cared about - their 'underlings'..

      voting, sharing, tweeting..

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      John Sarkis 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Powerful narrative poem and so insightful. Wow...blows my mind!

      Voted up

      John

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      Lisa 4 years ago from Tennessee

      ImKarn23, haha! I'll make sure to read those hubs! I get the feeling that no one cares anymore and that's why we get that trickle down effect!

      Thanks for the comment and for sharing!

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      Lisa 4 years ago from Tennessee

      John, thanks so much! I appreciate your comment and vote!

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      Skyler DeCristoforo 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I can't tell you how much i enjoyed this! Truly insightful... i had to read this one through a few times because i liked it so much. Amazing poetry!

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      Lisa 4 years ago from Tennessee

      SkySlave, thank you! I appreciate you taking the time to read my words!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. The greedy are always the ones to suffer. Powerfully said. Enjoyed much and passing on.

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      Wow a rough rugged reality about real life, about being so greedy it works both ways whether your the victim, playing the criminal of vindictive ill intent or not. Being an employer has its benefits, but also has its woes, oh yes indeed.

      Greed however is the core root of this problem in balancing any check book, and you my dear have a way with poetic words, that can encapsulate the entire full spectrum of the matter, into some pretty creative yet totally visual terms or endearment. Double Wow!

      Lovely poetry here, thumbs up, and getting shared elsewhere for sure. Nice!

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      Lisa 4 years ago from Tennessee

      Gypsy, thank you for the comment and votes!

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      Lisa 4 years ago from Tennessee

      CloudExplorer, thank you for the kind words. I have to deal with this person day after day and it definitely leaves a bad taste in my mouth, but I can only hope that karma steps in one day very soon! For now, all I can do is put all that anger into some poetry!

      Thanks for the comment, votes, and for sharing! I really appreciate it!

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      Valleypoet 4 years ago

      Nicely written, and a warning to anyone succumbing to the deadly sin of greed. Voted up:-))

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      Lisa 4 years ago from Tennessee

      Valleypoet, thank you so much! I really appreciate the vote!

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Woe! Tat was some poem. As a person who did charity work, I do love greed;s focus on tax write offs. ;-)

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      Lisa 4 years ago from Tennessee

      Mhatter99, thanks for the comment! My anger flared and I just HAD to write a poem!

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