He Bought Every Thing
By Jane Tawel
June 12, 2022
He bought up every thing in the whole, whole wide world.
He bought all the pleasures, the birds and the bees.
And he plotted and planned how to buy even more,
as he gassed the whole planet and chopped down all the trees.
He bought all the finish lines, so he won all the races.
He bought so many mansions, he couldn’t remember all the places.
He bought a new spouse and he bought a new face,
and when he owned the whole planet, he bought outer space.
This man for an instant in time was quite famous.
This rich, famous man owned the world — the whole cosmos!
Who is he, you ask? Who is this great mystery?
No one knows any more, he is buried in history.
The richest and ruling-est here on this earth,
think that profit and power reveal one’s true worth.
But even by owning every thing one can buy,
no one can buy out of the fact we all die.
The poor man bought every thing, below and above,
But in the end, what he never owned — was what lasts –
“For what is the lasting profit, if we gain the whole world, but in the process lose our souls.” (Jesus of Nazareth, dirt poor but definitely remembered by history)
© Jane Tawel, June 12, 2022