To be happy, one must know the rules.
We are the gods against whom we rebel.
Equal ambitions require equal seeds,
Nor can a corpse escape the laws of laughter.
The rules are ancient, yet none of them are strange.
Years alter them, but they never change.
Savor sweat, and give away the jewels.
Earn your leisure, your pleasure never sell.
Value grain no more than wild weeds.
Ease the lust to own what you are after.
Never fence what should be open range.
Copyright by Nicholas Gordon