Either love or money?

The Mid-week Motif Prompt over at Poets United this week is “money”. I don’t know if this will fit or not but here is yet another poem about Dorian Grey. I’ve been working on this one since last year.  I am also posting this on dVerse Poets OLN.

Either Love or Money?
I was born wealthy –
Old inherited money, y’know?
But I was bored beyond belief –
so I sold my soul –
But you all know that already.
I was bored with going to the Café Royale
and being gaped at by the pseudo-aesthetes.
I was bored with buying my ties
collars and waistcoats from Liberty
and wearing cobalt blue and
wine coloured velveteen suits from
Krause and Sons on Jermyn Street.
The endless chatter of the wealthy,
The whining and begging of the poor.
When I was 110, I realized
I was bored again. All that money
all that beauty, all the drugs, sex,
And food – I was boredboredbored.
So here I am in 2017
and am even more bored than I ever was.
Do these people not realize they are murdering their home?
That they are living years beyond their means?
That the poor and homeless are still with us
and people still die –
by overdoses, bizarre diseases, in those
warehouses for the aged, by guns,
by automobiles, wars.
And I am still alive.
If asked what I would rather have
either love or money?
To use the parlance of today,
I would say, hell yes. Show me the money.
After all, it has bought me eternity.

Reeve Carney as Dorian Gray in Penny Dreadful

32 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Susan
    Mar 07, 2018 @ 19:55:39

    Whew! I was surprised he noticed the suffering at less lofty levels, and indeed found the details of all he was bored with most sensual and compelling. Maybe he would, by 2017, throw some of that money at extending the life of the universe? It may be too late, and he may be too set in his ways, wicked evil Dorian Grey. I enjoyed this immensely.


    • kanzensakura
      Mar 07, 2018 @ 20:01:02

      I’m sure he paid some poor prostitues and threw some money at the poor as he passed them on the streets. But I doubt it had much compassion in it. LOL, I love dorian Gray.

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  2. Sherry Marr
    Mar 07, 2018 @ 20:55:39

    Well this was a cool response to the prompt, lol. Not much use living so long if one loses the sense of wonder. I really enjoyed this unexpected take on money.


  3. jaerose37
    Mar 08, 2018 @ 03:45:41

    Fantastic poem – the last lines will stay with me


  4. Sumana Roy
    Mar 08, 2018 @ 03:55:54

    Too much money and boredom….synonymous. Very well captivated.


  5. Vivian Zems
    Mar 08, 2018 @ 06:27:46

    Another Dorian poem (Love, love love it)…..showing a recalcitrant soul….still hell-bent on material gain


  6. Victoria C. Slotto
    Mar 08, 2018 @ 14:43:21

    This left me feeling a bit sad and empty. But you expressed that so very well, Toni. I guess it is all a matter of perspective. The photo made me think of Warhol…though he died young.


    • kanzensakura
      Mar 08, 2018 @ 15:40:04

      Dorian has become my symbol for modern day civilization. We all see to be living for today with no thought of tomorrow. Most people leave me feeling lsad and empty. There are a few bright spots thank goodness though and you are one of them.


  7. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Mar 08, 2018 @ 16:10:24

    What you say makes me think of always eating sugar, seeking higher thrills of sugar-rush… eventually you are bored and cannot find anything new… a very interesting poem and thought of money…


    • kanzensakura
      Mar 08, 2018 @ 16:13:45

      Oh Bjorn. I find it sad that so many of us are rushing around looking for the next big thing. That there is a special day for women….that men give us a special day. I grow weary sometimes, you know? dorian is my symbol for people of today. Thank goodness there are those of us who care and who make every day, International Human Day.


  8. Gospel Isosceles
    Mar 08, 2018 @ 16:13:52

    I don’t know who Dorian Gray is, but his type are a dime a dozen. You describe the culture of the bored well.


    • kanzensakura
      Mar 08, 2018 @ 16:16:55

      Dorian Gray was a character in a book by Oscar Wilde, the Picture of Dorian Gray. He stayed young and beautiful but his picture grew older and uglier as his soul deteriorated. He is my symbol for the people of today…always looking for the next big thing….stepping on small folks, taking and never giving. I have written several poems about him. And he is always bored and using…thank you for reading this. I don’t think many people have cared for this poem. LOL, I don’t really care.


  9. alisonhankinson
    Mar 08, 2018 @ 16:35:18

    I am afraid I was brought up to choose love…..not money and I am consequently as poor as a proverbial church mouse and I don’t think I would want to live for eternity. I loved the poem though. XXXX


  10. charliezero1.wordpress.com
    Mar 08, 2018 @ 17:09:31

    Ah! Oscar Wilde’s (Dorian Gray) such a famous book and characters from such an infamous man like Wilde himself.

    Love truly love your take on this poem and man…you said it with conviction and honesty. 🙂


  11. scotthastiepoet
    Mar 08, 2018 @ 18:17:54

    A very stimulating poem, which really made me smile too – so many home truths to recognise here Kanzen – you have to have really lived to write like this!


  12. rothpoetry
    Mar 08, 2018 @ 19:38:54

    I have heard the money isn’t everything… but it beats anything that is second best!!
    Some who have it all still don’t live very long! I will take love and a little money!!


  13. sanaarizvi
    Mar 09, 2018 @ 04:31:17

    Sometimes when one has too much money he forgets its value. You describe Dorian Gray here so well!


  14. Frank Hubeny
    Mar 09, 2018 @ 07:39:21

    Very descriptive phrase: “warehouses for the aged”


  15. Bekkie Sanchez
    Mar 09, 2018 @ 18:40:54

    I loved this, of course, I adore Penny Dreadful. I just re-watched the 2 seasons on Netflix and wish they’d made more. My favorite was the first, but I really wanted more of the story.


  16. mhmp77
    Mar 09, 2018 @ 22:56:22


    I would say, hell yes. Show me the money.
    After all, it has bought me eternity.

    It is not being emotional or idealistic but rather being practical. Agreed Toni!



  17. lillian
    Mar 10, 2018 @ 09:01:24

    Amazing poem…..I am struck by these words “warehouses for the aged” — such raw reality. And by how you’ve brought it “home” with the words “show me the money.”


  18. annell4
    Mar 10, 2018 @ 13:27:53

    “Love or money,” often we are not given the choice…and without love, I would choose money…but without money maybe I would choose love…no guarantee either way. It seems we are given what we will learn most from?


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