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The Importance of pomposity

The importance of Pomposity
(Not to be taken seriously)

The Perfect life, a wife half his age
Their house grand, with a zip code to match
All bought and paid for.
No hawkers, appointments only

But look closer
The Wife bides her time, waiting for his demise,
A heart attack would be nice
For she has her own dreams 
No love baked bread here
No roses from seed.
A plastic hug, on a plastic lawn his reward

The library full of Shakespeare and Keats
Never opened, for it’s the show that counts
Dinner Parties, A new painting
Purchased, because we can,
A favourite phrase for American wealth,

Pompous talk of Wine and Poetry
Vinegar, and Plagiarism their only worth,
Still the new boob job to admire
Perhaps a recipe, her mother’s creation
Michel Roux the real star.

The children born out of lust not love
Sent away to England, Trophy kids,
Breast fed by American Express.
The Debutants Ball awaits them
And a hoorah Henry wedding their destiny

Church on Sunday
New money at the front
The old money sitting in the private pew
God for sale, 
And the greenback will mop the saint’s brow
A church of Pomposity

Even in death a grand memorial
But decay gives no privilege
Let’s hope the pearly gates are the right colour
And god has the right zip code
For pomposity, might just send them to the wrong house.

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  1. Date: 11/9/2011 10:15:00 PM
    HMMM, breast fed by American Express! You have a way with words that keeps the reader fascinated! :)

  1. Date: 9/17/2011 9:35:00 PM
    Steven, I can always come and read your verse a hundred times and find some new wisdom in each of them. Such a deep write with so many immaculate descriptions of an empty life that goes no where. Who else could do what you did in this one. Magnificent!

  1. Date: 8/31/2011 7:55:00 PM
    Shoots right to the heart of the matter and tells the story as it is. As usual, you do a great job with the story Steven

  1. Date: 8/30/2011 10:36:00 PM
    monetary things come and go, but the rich still put on the show.

  1. Date: 8/30/2011 9:11:00 PM
    wow steven sounds like an episode of Dynasty or Dallas when those soaps were so popular.. excellent overview of living high on the hog ... and yes.. the tax man has some satanic qualities .. agree..luv..

  1. Date: 8/30/2011 6:38:00 PM
    Enjoyed reading your poetry today Steven. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 8/30/2011 4:57:00 PM
    An excellent write my friend. Really liked it. God Bless, JB

  1. Date: 8/30/2011 4:23:00 PM
    Enjoyed the deep meaning of this one..Maybe in all the surface stuff someone has something eternal..Hope so..Thanks for stopping by..Sara

  1. Date: 8/30/2011 4:08:00 PM
    a searing write that touches on the bane of materialism... you blew the house down with your crisp paint of realism, steven... wow!.. :) huggs,nette