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You can’t take it with you

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by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

This world is discreet
referring to polarity.
Some things you may eat,
unless you choose variety.

With people we meet,
one refrains from vulgarity.
For taking a seat,
ladies first, for propriety.

View the balance sheet,
give a share to some charity.
No use of deceit
can be praised. It’s false piety.

Honor the athlete
for sheer strength and dexterity.
To live to compete
is ego’s notoriety.

Praise leaders who heat
the nature of sincerity.
A real hero’s feat
is family society.

Each day one may greet
strangers for solidarity.
So, don’t miss a beat:
Good manners quell anxiety.

There’s no true elite:
wealthy men use temerity,
rich women, their feet,
power brokers, the quiet tea.

This realm is a cheat.
Senseless familiarity
cracks wills of concrete,
the lost soul is its as-yet fee.

Now, act kind and sweet,
with loving personality.
Your smile is the treat,
prim, proper, dry or real sweaty.

Exit the drumbeat.
All that’s left is posterity
and Earth treasures’ gleet.
“You can’t take it with you,” said he.

Copyright © 1960-2016 Lawrence J. J. Leonard All rights reserved.

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