VanityA Poem by Tate Morgan
He then offered me five choices Fame, Love, Riches, Pleasure, and Death I will have won, when it's all done so I thought as I caught my breath
God once thought to give me a choice
by offering the chance to choose
I stood bold stance, and took that chance
to ever walk within his shoes
He then offered me five choices
Fame, Love, Riches, Pleasure, and Death
I will have won, when it's all done
so I thought as I caught my breath
Then so it was I chose Pleasure
with the thought to enjoy my youth
To run with the boys, through life's joys
happiness was my only truth
Pleasures that youth delights upon
were disappointing, then grew cold
Sun setting play, that every day
trickled my fingers through, like gold
So once again he came to me
"surely wisdom has found you now"
"Choose your fate, before it's too late
as I said, this I will allow"
"Fame" I said as he smirked at me
"I wish to be a man renowned"
"To play the game, that touts my name
as one deserving of the crown"
But Fame was a fickled master
that led to Envy, Greed and Lust
A shinning star and giant car
that in the end had turned to rust
Once more God offered me a choice
of the few things that still remain
"Besides birth, only one has worth
try using your heart, not your brain"
"Riches then" I did say to him
"surely they can cure all my pain"
"To do what I can as a man
by amassing what I may gain"
Wealth was not the answer I sought
left me with none of what I'd won
When in the end, I had no friend
to rejoice in what I had done
So one last time he gave me choice
"Love" I said is what I would like
"A woman's breast, where I may rest
perhaps even a little tyke"
The time it passed so quickly by
as I then sat beside her grave
A-wash in tears, for all those years
spent chasing dreams, that none could save
"My life has run it's course old man
your final choice is the worst yet"
"My love I lost, at such a cost
all that's left of me is regret"
He said "since you have not asked me
for advice on what you should do"
"I gave Death in a dying breath
to one more deserving than you!"
" Why won't you grant me rest" I said
"what more is there for me to learn"
" That a life of greed serves no need
live with old age, till it's your turn"
© 2013 Tate Morgan
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