I quite enjoy wealthy people

Even though I'll never be one.

I see them like a fairy story -

And those are always fun.


They occupy a different world

With various types of wealth;

Some inherited, some from talent,

And some from silent stealth.


I gaze into their goldfish bowl

At what they do - or don't.

Sometimes wishing I would be them

But more often glad I won't.


But there's one thing I never feel

And that's envy, to be sure..

Happy is having just enough

To stay the right side of poor !,





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M.C. Newberry

Sun 9th Aug 2020 13:04

Thanks, Jennifer. I think that having wealth must be a wonderful
thing IF you are a balanced down to earth individual with a sense
of how to enjoy life. It doesn't go unnoticed that many rich folk will
indulge their material wants (NOT needs) - when spreading their
wealth around could add so much to life for others as well as giving
themselves a real reason to relish getting up each day. The
Victorian philanthropists could teach us a thing or two in that respect.

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jennifer Malden

Sat 8th Aug 2020 15:54

Loved this one! It's rather a trite thing to say, but very wealthy people ( not that I have met many), often don't seem very happy with it all.Think that Keith is right to say that often small daily treats like his, available to us all, give more satisfaction. If you can obtain absolutely anything you desire, do you still want the things?Think of the Getty family from Grandad Getty down. Have also known a couple of families, like your aunt, who were really generous, both with their time and money, and they were obviously delighted to be able to do this. Jennifer

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M.C. Newberry

Wed 5th Aug 2020 21:25

Thanks, one and all, for taking the trouble to read and to comment so
helpfully. I have the fondest memory of an aunt - luckier than most
of her sisters as far as "marrying well" was concerned. She was
unfailingly kind to me in my meetings with her as a boy - and
showed me that having money could also mean using it generously,
a lesson in life that I've never forgotten.

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Stephen Gospage

Wed 5th Aug 2020 18:04

Lovely poem, although maybe a twinge of envy is no bad thing - once in a while.

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Wed 5th Aug 2020 18:04

What"s that quote about gaining the whole world but losing your soul? (Cue bible bashers!)

Having said that, it's good to have a bit saved to cushion the blows when they arrive.

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keith jeffries

Wed 5th Aug 2020 15:47


This poem is so well rhymed but the outstanding feature is the final stanza which I fully agree with. The simple pleasures of life often cost the least. For me my daily treat is to have breakfast which consists of a pot of tea with ginger marmalade liberally spread on two slices of toast. It costs next to nowt.

Thank you for this

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