MATLOOB BUKHARI


AN ODE TO GREED


AN ODE TO GREED
Matloob Bokhari



I have seen the monster of greed burning fire in human hearts.
I have seen ruthless oppressors chained in weed and greed.
I have seen insatiable wants, made many cultures perished.
I have seen powers, upsetting cities not for freedom but greed.
I have seen hungry brothers eating carcass of their brothers.
I have seen voracious rich always in want, lonely in loneliness.
I have learnt from Ameer ul Momineen, Ali ibne –Abi-Talib.
A greedy is like a silkworm wrapped in cocoon, dies of grief;
If he possesses two valleys of gold, he will long for one more;
Greed causes grief; greedy eats, his hunger never gratifies;
Neither he achieves his cravings nor can exceed destined life.
Love his master who said: “In old age, greed becomes young.”
I have seen men on deathbed incognizant of God’s grace:
Empty-handed they came; empty-handed they left arena.

Submitted: Friday, May 02, 2014

Topic of this poem: GREED


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