At this stage
of life, as I age,
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
Because all that we desire and crave
we can’t take with us to the grave.