My Worldly Goods

     The second in the “Estate Greed” category, and the last for a while, I promise..

     I hope you like the poem, not the practice.


My Worldly Goods

 We mourned for those, who’ve passed,

on to their rest, at last,

but, what leaves us most aghast,

is greed’s arrival, quite as fast,

as the shadows on the grave.

When before tears shed, shall dry,

and the graver, bid goodbye,

there appears the wanting eye,

which visions, my, my, my,

and not one thread, be saved.


 Before, a blade of grass be found,

upon, the funeral mound,

will come a cold, and selfish sound,

claiming, gram and pound,

and not one thing, be waived.

And would he, who lies in ground,

be not turning round?

For the greed, it has no bounds,

the owners soul, it hounds,

fed once, the more it craves.


 Jack Downing

Dec. 2011

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8 Responses to My Worldly Goods

  1. adeeyoyo says:

    Unfortunately this is often the case… 😦

  2. My total assets are perhaps $250,000. Not much but respectable I suppose. It is not necessarily greedy for my two kids to ponder the matter but what makes me most unhappy is that they place no value in the little objects and things that mature and appreciative people would consider heirlooms. A roll top desk I restored, my theology library(100 books), my cartoons, other collections of things. My son has never visited my blog and I think my daughter has just 4 times. That’s disappointing. If I know the end is near I will just liquidate everything. It will evaporate fast on all kinds of frivolous nonsense. Do we take resentments with us when we die? I’ll need quite an oversized casket.

    • You know Carl the funnypart is that sometimes, the smaller things cause the bigger battles. The money and propertyis probably all ready apportioned by awill or community property. But the watch, the tv, the table in the hall, his/her new recliner, etc…Theonly thing that is notdesired, is the responsibility to the deceased, to keep their memoryin the heart and mind.


  3. Beth Ann says:

    Our boys are adamant that they expect nothing when we die. They want us to live out the dreams that we want to live and the youngest especially, says that inheritances should not be “expected” . I would like to be able to help them while we are still here on earth with the things that we can and so that is what we are trying to do. it is an interesting poem you present today, Jake! Thanks.

  4. sally says:

    Soo True SOOO very True…………

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