Sunday, November 04, 2012

Estimation

What's worth more:
a mansion on the shore
or pallets of the poor?

The loss of either one means pain
to those that wonder why in vain
for sentiments can't stop the rain

that starts to pour
as we debate galore
what's worth more.

18 comments:

Rachel Hoyt said...

This is great! I love the cyclical message.

Mary said...

An interesting poem here. People could debate forever on the question what's worth more, I think. Especially in an election year.

Karen said...

Really timely, given the election and Sandy. I like the rhythm, too.

Serena said...

So much said in so few words. I read it a few times and each time it drew me in deeper, kind of mesmerizing...

Poet Laundry said...

A timely piece...felt, especially with the devastating effects of Sandy and the upcoming election.

Kerry O'Connor said...

Excellent conundrum! Worth and value are two different things. The rich man's home may be worth more but has no less value than the poor man's only shelter.

Jack said...

Clever and wise! This could really start a chain of Socratic Method in one's head...

As usual, nicely rhymed and a delight to read.

SaraV said...

Very clever, and profound as well. There's always that question, and life should not be measured by dollars, but that bottom line is pretty pervasive. Excellent poem.

Dave King said...

Neat. I like it very much. Clever construction.

Bing Yap said...

profound and insightful... indeed, what's worth more?

Donna said...

I'm SO glad I had my coffee before reading this. I kind of had the same dilemma this morning...a what's worth more...coffee or cat food...to my mental well-being.
But yours is deeper and quite serious. So I'm glad I had my coffee first. Loved it.

Laura Maria said...

Excellent question. Definitely something we don't ponder as often as we should.

Kim Nelson said...

Wisdom in poetry. If it's all you have, it's worth everything.

rch said...

Thanks everyone, these disasters really make one think and, I believe, put a higher value on compassion, one of the most precious things of all.

Bravo 95 said...

Brilliant rhyming. I like how pithy the poem is as well - you don't waffle on about it - the sentiment is punchy.

Virginia Davis Hargis said...

love the word play...

cool verse.

Indiana Rosemary Watson said...

profound words..
enjoyed the flow.

Bethzea Finland Aniston said...

wondrous words.