To Be Wealthy

This poem was written on the sailboat in late afternoon as we entered a small harbor to moor for our last night at sea.  The video includes footage of our experiences in the Virgin Islands and the friends we were fortunate enough to meet and learn from.

TO BE WEALTHY

To be wealthy, one must invest wisely

Avoid quick trades and invest your assets instead in gold

light

of dusk

you can hold by the handful

as you

open your palms on

the quiet front porch in

late summertime

your love at your side

 

Further, one must demonstrate their wealth by

accumulating a collection of pearls

of

experiences worth remembering

laughter shared under the stars

or

    farewell hugs exchanged with strangers-turned-family     

or

simply watching the clouds pass on a grassy field           

 

String these pearls into a necklace and

wear it with distinction for

each pearl is a symbol of your success

 

And when you have completed your masterpiece,

  a necklace of the finest mother of pearl

you can attain the absolute peak of wealth by

            taking the necklace out of its glass case

                           and

giving                        

it       

away