Avarice

In warmth of our sun, a bottle of wine
we shared and listened to winds in the pines.
Not rich we were pleased, we had all our needs,
our wealth was from friendship not what was mine

I claimed the sunshine and you took the rain,
we counted the beans, divided the grains
I gathered my gains and made profit on you
from greed our friendship has withered to pain.

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Greed by Pieter Bruegel the elder

A second Rubayat written for Frank at dVerse. I made it yet an installment with poems based on the etchings by Pieter Bruegel the elder on the seven deadly sins
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February 3, 2018

14 responses to “Avarice

  1. Nice rubaiyat. The rhyme is tight, flow is smooth, unstumbling. Sad tale of greed coming between friends. A friendship that sounded wonderful. Great pic! Is that Bosch?

  2. I like the turn from friendship to gains and ruining the friendship in turn. This line for me stood out: I claimed the sunshine and you took the rain.

  3. This is so good.

    My favorite section:

    “I claimed the sunshine and you took the rain,
    we counted the beans, divided the grains
    I gathered my gains …”

  4. such a sad tale. even though it knew it would go bad by the end, it had a golden start. why do those 7 deadly sins muck things up all the time…

  5. Typical capitalism where even the elements are ‘claimed’! I abhor, now with the use of cellphones to call buying units for our phones it be called ‘airtime’ – at least that’s what we do in South Africa. One can’t ‘buy’ the air! Aviation routes though … It’s been too late for a long time!

  6. an interesting read, first of its kind to me, something not explored by others poets in the rubaiyat, though i am still thinking this line over to get its full meaning – “our wealth was from friendship not what was mine”

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