You Can’t Take That With You

Artwork by Saugus resident and artist Naomi Young. Courtesy photo

At this stage

of life, as I age,

I reflect

on things we collect.

On the endless stuff we acquire

Just because we desire,

We buy and buy

until we die,

We shop till we drop.

Expecting to get so much joy

from that new toy,

believing that getting

that one more thing

will mean everything!

We are not getting it that happiness

might come with a lot less,

and that there’s so much beauty

in life’s simplicity,

All we truly need instead

is a roof over our head,

clothes, food, music, some good wine

to make life pleasant and  fine,

We need to be supportive and kind,

enjoy fun, laughter and peace of mind

be surrounded till the very end

by our family and good friends,

Because what we desire and crave

we don’t take with us to the grave.

For in this game

our possessions and fame

seem pretty lame,

we leave behind only our good name,

that is our only claim to fame.

So be satisfied with what you got

and be happy with your lot.

Live well and celebrate

before it’s too late.

Separate the wheat from the shaft

and create new memories that last

remember, at the end of our days

love is the only thing that stays.

Be sure to tell your family


that your love them



say it loudly and clearly.

Spend all time you can afford

in this world,

with the ones you love and  adore,

enjoy them just a little bit more

than before.

Because all that we desire and crave

we can’t take with us to the grave.

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