Ogden Nash

(August 19, 1902 – May 19, 1971 / New York / United States)

Lines Indited With All The Depravity Of Poverty

Poem by Ogden Nash

One way to be very happy is to be very rich
For then you can buy orchids by the quire and bacon by the flitch.
And yet at the same time People don't mind if you only tip them a dime,
Because it's very funny
But somehow if you're rich enough you can get away with spending
water like money
While if you're not rich you can spend in one evening your salary for
the year
And everybody will just stand around and jeer.
If you are rich you don't have to think twice about buying a judge or a
Or a lower instead of an upper, or a new suit, or a divorce,
And you never have to say When,
And you can sleep every morning until nine or ten,
All of which
Explains why I should like very, very much to be very, very rich.

Comments about Lines Indited With All The Depravity Of Poverty by Ogden Nash

  • Michael WalkerMichael Walker (5/28/2020 10:12:00 PM)

    Quite a good appraisal of the different worlds of being rich and being poor. Certainly, it is not enjoyable to be trapped in poverty, having money worries all the time. Obviously, it is more attractive to him, and most people, to be very rich.Yet, by some quirk of fate, rich people can become depressed and very unhappy, like the tycoon Robert Maxwell or the actress Marilyn Monroe. Howard Hughes was America's best known millionaire, yet he lived like a recluse, not relating to others very much.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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