Friday, December 3, 2010

Big Tent Poetry Prompt: Enough

Enough is Enough
by Laurie Kolp

Enough is never enough
For this kid with too much stuff.
Like the boy Dudley Dursley
(The brat from Harry Potter)
His spoiled rotten antics
Make life hell for all who see
Piles of costly presents
Surrounding the Christmas tree
And still he cries,
This ain’t enough!”
So his parents buy him more
Yet all are forgotten
By midnight New Year’s Eve.

Enough is never enough
For this spoiled rotten kid.
He bullies classmates each week,
Calls them names and beats them up
And when his teacher yells, “Enough!”
He turns the other cheek
Dusting her words off his shoulders
Tossing them into the sewer,
No respect has he
For any type of authority.

Enough is never enough
For this big, fat kid
Who eats too much.
He whines and creates a stew
Over healthy food on his plate,
Until his parents give in
And run to McDonald’s drive-through. 
The parents try and justify.
Is this enough for my growing boy?”

Enough is never enough
For this kid who is now a man.
He squanders and splurges
To his heart’s content
And wonders why his life is so bland
Until one day he hits rock bottom,
Turns to God for help,
And this is what He says,
I am the one who can fill you 
With peace and love enough--
Everything else material  
You will discover is just stuff.”


Anonymous said...

A tremendous moral in this, when you get to the last stanza, which I applaud

flaubert said...

Enough never is enough for greedy people.

Tumblewords: said...

Greed comes in all shapes and sizes, to be sure. Enjoyed your poem!

Wayne Pitchko said...

well done.....thanks for sharing your words

Deb said...

Thanks for joining in the prompt writing this week!

gautami tripathy said...

Well said!

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Anonymous said...

this was terrific to read -- i am forgoing the shopping and gift giving this year trying to set an example for my kids. :)

Laurie Kolp said...

Thank you for visiting my poetry blog. I appreciate your kind words!

Cynthia Short said...

Your piece could also be a description of America in general...
very good!