Somehow in this world’s devious ways
A role model of sorts has Midas become
Greed has been packaged as a virtue these days
Acquisition of things labeled as success by some
Quite easy it is to rationalize one’s greed
By depicting oneself as the industrious provider
Toiling every day to fulfil the family’s needs-
A committed family man-would say the outsider
The motivation to make money comes from within
Propelled by intertwined greed and ambition
Ambition is celebrated, greed is no sin
Greed fuels success, brings efforts to fruition
We have learnt to dress, as a society
Greed in excuses plausible and palatable
Cover our desires with the cape of propriety
While our society is afflicted with illnesses incurable
Thus health care costs are astronomical
While there are people who make a profit
Guns do not hurt- scream the cynical
While in expensive, plush chairs they sit.
As greed drives our capitalistic society
Monetary enrichment exacts its price
Impoverishment of the spiritual variety
Is an accompaniment to this vice.
3 thoughts on “Greed”
I agree with you. Greed indeed is destroying the world.
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I like Gandhi’s quote and how your poem has been worded!