Snortin’ Mammon

Battle of the super yachts: Billionaire Roman Abramovich got to size up the competition after anchoring his white ship Eclipse (back) next to the Al Mirqab owned by the Emir of Qatar Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani

Do you think we’d see the light
if sunshine cost the wealthy something
or would we live in blackest night
outside the gate and out of sight?

“Mo money! Mo money!”
the chant heard from within
a choir sings the liturgy
forgiving you of sin

Breathe it in; a line of lucre
one snort will get you high
like a woman who leaves you wanting more
never quite satisfied

Your estate must have a bunker
with an atom bomb proof door;
don’t forget the bullets and the hardware in the drawer
in case they come to get you, those hoards of wretched poor

‘cause money makes the world grow round
addicted rich all wanting more
snortin’ spoils while on the march
the opiate of the oligarch.



photo:  Roman Abramovitch’s yacht (the world’s largest private yacht – left) parked next to the Qatari royals at St. Barts.


About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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3 Responses to Snortin’ Mammon

  1. cindy knoke says:

    aren’t you glad we aren’t one of them?
    but then, if we were,
    what would happen if we were sad,
    very sad?
    you write ridiculously well.
    i want to read more.
    it would be sort of nice to be rich.
    but it’s much better not to be.
    poor sucks though,
    no way around it.
    we need to help the rich,
    give their money to the poor.


    • toritto says:

      Cindy – I learned long ago that money alone does not make you happy. I buried two of my sons, one of whom died in my arms, Money does not fix that.

      I have everything I need. I am still relatively healthy; I am not lonely; my daughters call me everyday; I am never left out of a holiday or special occasion. I have family close by. My girls are successful in life, educated with loving husbands each of whom would take a bullet for them I am a contented man. I would not live in a replica of Versailles even if I could nor would I buy a $100,000 wrist watch.

      I am a contented man which is all anyone can hope to be.

      PS Thanks for the compliment on my writing. I dabble but glad you enjoy.




  2. sojourner says:

    Reblogged this on An Outsider's Sojourn II.


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