All That Glitters
Be mindful of your wishes lest fate should smite thee down.
What you think might bring a smile sometimes brings a frown.
Nowhere is it written happiness can be bought.
Too often excess riches are a trap wherein we’re caught.
Sometimes pristine palaces can turn into a cage
for those who sell contentment for a daily wage.
If fairy stories are the tales on which your hopes you gauge,
remember that their characters are prisoners of the page.
Those in ivory towers far above the earth
may not smell the flowers or recognize their dearth.
It’s one thing to be hungry, ill-provided for and flustered,
but once you have enough and your daily needs are mustered,
if you want to win the game of life, be sure to share the ball.
Just relax. Enjoy your life. You do not need it all.