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Truly Rich

on May 4, 2012

I saw a few posts yesterday that used the word “rich” or some variation of it. Somehow that sparked the idea for this poem 🙂

Truly Rich

Is richness to be measured by the length of one’s hair?

If so, then we know that

Rapunzel’s the queen and that brushes are vital

That gold lies within each costly shampoo bottle

To pile it high or let it slide cross the floor

Is the length in our hair what we truly live for?

Is richness to be measured by the volume of voice?

If so, then we know that

Opera’s and Saruman dominate our domain

That the silence and stillness would rot our poor brains

Megaphones and microphones would be placed in our throats

Would poorness be revealed once someone got a cold?

Is richness to be measured by the money one spends?

If so, then we know that

Shopaholics hold tight to the meaning of life

That objects are worth every quarter and dime

We should buy into all things that flash on TV

Does this mean that they’re worthless, the things that are free?

Is richness to be measured by height and weight?

If so, then we know that

Bodily harm is alright as long as we’re pretty

That those who look different don’t deserve any pity

Thus we follow the photo-shopped, the nipped and the tucked

Do we want our waists trimmed and our naturalness sucked?

Is richness to be measured by the peace in our hearts?

If so, then we know that

We’re not born at the finish line, we run since whistle’s blow

We are not born perfect, there is room to grow

The flawed and the hurting, that’s each one of us

The rich are the ones who see faults, yet still love

Hoard of ancient gold coins

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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8 responses to “Truly Rich

  1. granbee says:

    Your concluding line has the right of it, Ray! Seeing faults and still loving–both in ourselves and others–is the path to true spiritual riches and peace, dear one! Thank you for this blessing today!

    • mjray926 says:

      Thanks so much, granbee! Many people seem to have especially connected with that last line… I know that I can most certainly relate with this poem. Seeing things for what they really are, and not what the world markets them to be – now there’s the challenge!

  2. saymber says:

    Enjoyed the poem – great subject. I’ve learned by hard knocks that true richness involves mostly the intangible things in life….everything else is forgettable.

  3. Inga says:

    Love it! and I love the final phrase. I must remember it. The rich are the ones who see faults, yet still love. So beautiful.

  4. Barbara says:

    Phenomenal poem!

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