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Poor man Rich man

I went to a poor man's house
There was an exquisite car in the driveway
I walked up to the grand entryway
Rang his doorbell
The chimes sounded like cathedral bells
He greeted me with a practiced smile
Welcomed me to sample his world
Together we walked across marble floors
Gazed out magnificent windows
A truly glorious view
Yet I noticed no photographs on the wall
A mansion filled with things yet he was all alone
We sat and talked
Into the night
He told me of his great success
The trophies, awards and famous guests
I could see it was important for him to impress
He told me he was living the dream
Yet it was only sadness I was seeing
He thought more was more
So he grasped at the extreme
The best of the best
He was busy being
In the end he only talked about things
All the pleasures his money brings
Convincing himself as he blindly sings
Unaware of his poverty
When I look in his eyes I seen misery
This house a mosoleum to his insanity
He left his wife a while ago
They grew apart both fast and slow
She raised the kids he never got to know
To busy chasing his successful dreams
I left his home with heavy heart
Unimpressed with all his expensive art
More concerned with his bankrupt heart


I went to a rich man's house
A modest car sat in the driveway
The wheels were scuffed from when his daughter learned to park
He was at the door before I had a chance to ring the bell
He welcomed me into his lovely home with a warm smile
Introducing me to his wife and kids
We sat in the front room looking out at their yard
I commented on the tree house
He proudly told me how him and his son had built it together
Boys only sign on the door
Still his son would play tea party, with his sister there
It seems they were an inseparable pair
This man had so many stories to share
Photographs of family displayed everywhere
He was living such a full life
So much to be thankful for
He appreciates his kids and loving wife
I got to see an art collection on the fridge
Spending time with him was a privilege 
He invited me to stay for a meal
I said "gladly, that's a great deal"
Enjoying myself with a man who's real
For he posseses a richness of the soul
Not trying to impress by playing a roll
Success in relationship his primary goal
When I left I had gained his smile
Real is real I liked his style
A worthy life a truly wealthy guy
I turned and waved 
sad to say goodbye


Inspired by Dave Wood's poem "Poverty"


Copyright © | Year Posted 2014




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Date: 6/10/2014 9:44:00 AM
WOW,,,,,,, LOVING THE WRITE......
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Date: 5/6/2014 12:41:00 PM
The everlasting battle of money and love, told so well and ended happily.
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Date: 5/4/2014 8:34:00 PM
Clever contrasts, so many ways to be successful indeed. I know a rich man who has no car, or kids. The Rights of Happiness, so very diverse. Great choice of examples to communicate your perspective with Richard. J.A.B.
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 5/4/2014 9:27:00 PM
Thanks for your thoughtful comment and visit.
Date: 4/28/2014 7:14:00 AM
Lovely juxtaposition, Rick. I fear though that the second lifestyle may be disappearing. Job insecurity, low pay, long commutes, both parents working, brings real stress into that lovely home. In my grandparent's day, whole extended families lived on the same block. Everyone worked in the mill, which was an easy walk from their homes. It was a simple life. But secure and very rich as you sketch here. I hope I'm wrong. That we will always have the choice to live simply and securely...BH
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 4/28/2014 7:17:00 AM
You make some excellent points. A lot has to do with corporate greed and jobs being sent to foreign companies.
Date: 4/26/2014 4:55:00 PM
Rick, I believe your home is the second type. The richness and truth of your poetry could only spring from your generous soul.
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 4/26/2014 5:57:00 PM
You are sweet Monterey. I have been told by our guests that they feel love in our home.
Date: 4/23/2014 8:44:00 AM
Hi Richard : This is truly a great poetic comparison balancing riches with misery and survival with happiness and well written. also, thank you for that correction on "strife". Maybe thats why I didn't win anything (ha ha). Since you wrote this beautiful piece, I decided to submit a similar poem that deals with money but I hesitated until I read your poem.It is called One Percent. When you have a chance , please read it.
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 4/23/2014 8:48:00 AM
On my way Ralph.
Date: 4/22/2014 10:10:00 PM
Money can't buy happiness, especially when love and family are priceless. This is a truly wonderful poem, Richard!
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 4/23/2014 7:53:00 AM
Still if it properly utilized as a tool, money can be a source of tremendous blessing.
Date: 4/22/2014 5:29:00 PM
wow, you were wonderfully inspired. I think most of us can easily relate to the second story!! but I still would not mind being a little poor. hahaha.
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 4/22/2014 8:19:00 PM
Ha ha, I love your sense of humour.
Date: 4/22/2014 3:55:00 PM
WOW....Bankrupt heart indeed....you have such keen insight Rick, it is such a pleasure to read your poems and to know you. Hugs
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 4/22/2014 8:17:00 PM
Aww thanks Cecilia it is such a pleasure having you visit me.
Date: 4/22/2014 2:21:00 PM
I've met men like this: One Basque (poor) and one Alaskan (rich) and the description is quite alike! Impressive! The Basque guy was very well-off yet his life truly empty with possessions. The other bloke was rich for he had a rich life, unlike the Basque. I truly enjoy your poems and comments, sir. I enjoyed your poem. I am definitely learning a lot from you.
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 4/22/2014 2:42:00 PM
You are very kind Ivo, thanks for the kind comment.
Date: 4/22/2014 11:27:00 AM
"Enjoying myself with a man who's real For he possesses a richness of the soul". Richard, I enjoyed this poem. Reminds me of one of my favourite Ndebele proverbs: “Wealth is like the morning dew which dissipates with the advent of the sunrise”
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 4/22/2014 8:20:00 PM
What a great proverb, thanks for sharing it with me!
Date: 4/22/2014 10:03:00 AM
This is just awesome. At the long run, money never brings you real happiness. I love this Richard. It reminds me of something, that I might write about. Thanks for sharing... Lucilla
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 4/22/2014 10:09:00 AM
My pleasure Lucilla. Thanks for the kind visit.
Date: 4/22/2014 7:36:00 AM
Richard, again.....I'm astounded by your depth of understanding....of life...of character....of what matters. That's why you are who you are....I'm blessed to read your work...and to know you. Hugs
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 4/22/2014 8:40:00 AM
:) I'm glad I'm back too, Richard. Thanks! :)
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 4/22/2014 8:36:00 AM
I'm glad you are back, you have been missed.
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 4/22/2014 8:01:00 AM
It's true. I'm sorry. I'm back...well again...and happy to be able to post with sincerity. It's the only way I can manage to be real. Thanks, Rick....for being kind and patient and genuine....not many people like that around.
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 4/22/2014 7:59:00 AM
Hugs back, I'm pleased you enjoyed this piece. I have felt you drifting in an opposite direction from me. This comment is appreciated.
Date: 4/21/2014 8:56:00 PM
Loved this poem. So many poor rich people in this world. Very well expressed.
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 4/21/2014 11:00:00 PM
Thanks Faye, I appreciate the comment.
Date: 4/21/2014 2:33:00 PM
Incredible Richard... Exactly how I feel.....Tim
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 4/21/2014 3:20:00 PM
You have attained wisdom my friend.
Date: 4/21/2014 2:12:00 PM
loved every word from start to finish Richard - straight to my favourites! Hugs Jan x
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 4/21/2014 3:21:00 PM
Thanks for adding to your favorites. Cute Avatar!
Date: 4/21/2014 1:15:00 PM
- A man's true wealth is the good he does for his fellow man - A very good written poem, Richard. - oxox // Anne-Lise :)
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 4/21/2014 3:21:00 PM
So true Anne Lise.
Date: 4/21/2014 11:45:00 AM
Wow! I'd say that you said it perfectly. Enjoyed the read.
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 4/21/2014 3:21:00 PM
Thanks for being so sweet.
Date: 4/21/2014 11:25:00 AM
Great message Richard! Love the parallels!
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 4/21/2014 3:22:00 PM
Dave got the wheels turning for me this morning.
Date: 4/21/2014 11:23:00 AM
Poverty is a soul deplete of values.. Brilliant poem Richard!
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 4/21/2014 3:22:00 PM
Can't argue with that. Thanks for the inspiration Dave.
Date: 4/21/2014 11:20:00 AM
Rick, poverty of the mind depicts money not being worth a damn. Great write... Enjoyed my visit... Verlena
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 4/21/2014 11:21:00 AM
Thanks Verlena, I appreciate you dropping by.
Date: 4/21/2014 9:39:00 AM
We are rich if we know the value of wealth that we have in our hands... the family, wife, kids and friends... there's something that money can't buy.. and that's happiness!!! ..:O)) a great story for all of us!! Thanks for sharing, handsome!! :O)
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 4/21/2014 9:44:00 AM
Good morning Alyahh, thanks for your visit.
Date: 4/21/2014 9:23:00 AM
Oh, I love it, Rick! We all have to decide what we consider rich :)
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 4/21/2014 9:31:00 AM
Thanks Toquyen.