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  The Aspirational
by Ian R Thorpe
Friday, January 14, 2011
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Are we controlled by our possessions. I like to think I'm not but The Aspirational is to help people decide where their lives are.
It does not matter whether you are a socialist or a creationist, materialism has us all enslaved.


 May it be known
that we are what we own
Each measured by our possessions
After so many years
And an ocean of tears
We still haven’t learned any lessons

In a civilisation
Driven by aspiration
to move upward in social position
Advancement of status
Is gained on the basis
Of realising material ambition

We start our acession
With the acquisition
Of a skateboard and DVD player
Progress to designer threads
Hair up in dreads
An illegal pharmacopea

You acquire your own gaff,
a millstone for life,
but it says you've arrived as a person
then you buy a sports hatch
and still don't spot the catch
though the burden of debt must be hurting.

Your standing will climb
When your kitchen design
Features red tiles and an AGA
And no - one will mind
you’re in organized crime
When your drink is Chablis and not lager

A picture of Mars
And a stick in a vase
A futon when you lie down to dream
A cow in a tank
An ethical bank
A therapist who tells you to scream

Books you never read,
A strange new - age creed
Wardrobe full of designer attire
A killer PC
A wide screen TV
All the objects of your desire

A new home in a loft
A remote Scottish croft
Or a gite in the distant Dordogne
Obsessive acquisition
To improve your position
Will inspire you upward and on

In life you acqurie
Objects of desire
and things all people need
These items you treasure
Because together they measure
The strength of your will to succeed.

Until you realise
all the things that you prize
have not brought you happiness
When the reckoning's done
you see that you've become,
enslaved by the things you possess


















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Reviewed by Barbara Terry 2/16/2011
Very profound and makes the reader think of our own climb up the ladder of life. If we are measured by our possessions, then I guess I am on the bottom of the list because I only have mt computer and all in one. Nothing earth shaking about that. Thank you for sharing.

May the Lord Jesus bless you, and those whom you love, and be with you always, and at your side constantly. With much love in my heart, joy to the world, peace on earth, & ((((((((((MANY WONDERFUL SISTERLY HUGGGGSSSS)))))))))), your little sister, Barbie
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 1/15/2011
this is such a profound and thoughtprovoking write-well done!
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 1/14/2011
I understand, appreciate, and agree with the philosophy that you have shared through your verses here, Ian. Thank you. Love and peace to you,


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