Measure of Success #postaday #poetry

in balance

I have known plenty

I have known want

I learned more from one

and little from the other

it takes no imagination

no strength of character

to spend large amounts of money

you never have to balance

need with want

you just buy



the bag

into the



I have known plenty

and I have known want

it takes ingenuity and creativity

to stretch one dollar, one pound or euro

to last seven days

and at the end of the week

to look  the paper in the face

see an upturned hand in need

smile as it becomes another’s

I have known plenty

and I have known want

what I learned

about spending money

can fill one tablespoon

what I learned

from having none

can fill volumes of books

 p e r h a p s

you will

be the








So many people will attribute success to having  money and things. Why is this the case? Over the centuries, some of the greatest minds had very little; most of the most talented artists, musicians and poets were poor. I have never been wealthy (not in the material sense) but I have known some extremely wealthy people and was sad at their inability to think or use their resources for anything but themselves. (dont get me wrong I have also known people who had money, lived simply and gave their money abundantly to help others.)  I think money is a tool (like a wrench or a mixer). If you know how to use such an implement, you can fix things that are broken or you can create a new spicy dish. If you do not, then they are worthless pieces of metal. (or paper)

The wordpress prompt for Post a Day is the Spice of Success.

If “failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor” (Truman Capote), how spicy do you like your success stories?

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  1. Real success can’t be measured in money, I agree. Only material success. Like you I have known many who don’t have the proverbial groat to their names (and count me amongst them!) yet many of those are the people I admire the most. I have known the rich and famous too… and many are not happy people; their creativity stifled by the image they need to keep for the others who judge their success. It is a strange world sometimes.


  2. It’s a wonderful poem, “I have known plenty, I have known want,” it’s been a part of my life too, it helps one to learn to be wise.
    My mother always said “learn to be humble , God does not like people who are too proud.”


  3. Brilliant poem and reflection. I truly believe that true happiness doesn’t reside in wealth and the acquisition of things. I’m all for simplicity.


  4. Very heartfelt poem. Leslie. Needs versus wants. Somehow we’re always gravitating towards wanting, wanting something material so much. The temptation is always there – and that’s because we have a choice to choose.


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