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The weight of materialism

Updated on July 20, 2015

It cut at my hands,

The heavy load slicing my flesh,

It inflicted its damage on me,

pulling me down,

my heart would have felt heavy had it not already drowned in my helpless acceptance that it was my own dark powers that had done this,

the wicked weight was the burden of my own desire.

Had I not packed this heavy,

I would not be broken by the wreckage it has made of my body,

Like I had been lashed with a whip a million times,

each one the voice of something i had packed

"did you need me?"

"did you really need me?"

Broken by the burden of materialism,

broken hearted because I was weighed down by my own shame,

my eyes could not look at the Indian people as I passed them,

I heard them laugh and I was aware it was cruel and wrong of them,

but they were right to think of me as a westerner who couldn't hack the rocks I had to drag the heavy case over,

If I hadn't bought so much,

I would have been free of bondage.

Like a milestone around my neck,

the burden made me want to sink down and surrender,

I cried inside but I was to broken for the sound to come,

I wanted to cut the rope of materialism,

but I was already too ashamed to pick up the scissors.

- Would it be the same next time?'

An India poem by Gracefaith


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      Lone Ranger 

      7 years ago

      I think the Souix Indians of the American Plains had the right approach to materialism. Because they had to follow their food supply, they often had to pick up and move their villages as often as was necessary.

      They learned to travel light in life and people could only take with them what they could personally carry, so it didn't make sense to become attached to things that couldn't make the trip. This keeps things in perspective and we should likewise live our lives knowing that nothing in this life will be making the trip with us into the after-life.

      The Plain Indians weren't hoarders like Westerners who live in houses with permanent foundations, nor could they rent a 36' U-Haul truck to pack up a life-time of material possessions as they followed the buffalo.

      Excellent poem, my sweets, keep up the good work and thank you for being such an inspiration!

      Just when I thought there was no hope for the modern suddenly appeared! Press on toward the goal and keep looking heavenward for your inspiration. - L.R.

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      Dave Mathews 

      8 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      This presents a frightening situation, and a question. Why do we cling to that which is not necessary or struggle to gain it?

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      8 years ago

      Beautiful hub!

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      8 years ago

      Live simply so that others may simply live. Gandhi

      Excellent thoughts and thanks for sharing them.

      God bless and peace to you.

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      Brie Hoffman 

      8 years ago from Manhattan

      I love this!


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