Val enjoys writing rhymed poetry with a valuable message in it.
If you want people to speak well of you, do not speak well of yourself.
-- Blaise Pascal
When people need you just for their bragging
always hardly caring to ask you how you are
time spent with them is nothing but dragging
then you just can't go wrong by staying afar.
Measuring personal value by their possessions
they maintain illusion of having upper hand
thriving on producing shiny impressions
about their life style being so grand.
Maybe it's also envy that they want to evoke
who knows what other silly ideas they create
perhaps they think of you as poor and broke
for thought of your being equal they just hate.
Competitive like hell but deep down so insecure
they feed their inadequacies on a cheap boast
in a relative abundance -- but in spirit so poor
constant flow of praises they need the most.
They mistake passing excitement for genuine joy
with life oscillating between emotional extremes
as long as they can buy another expensive toy
it's a pacifier for those many broken dreams.
I have had a few in my life's collection of the nut cases
always a rare joy stepping out of their gravity field
and now they are just some gone familiar faces
a part of the process of life getting healed.
© 2022 Val Karas