It starts in tantrum’s pram; those tears for treats withheld –
Unfair and inexplicable. And then there is the wonder of it all:
The pocket money tripled by that cheque from uncle –
Lack of it feeds the will to cheat one’s way to habitual
Special treatment. The compulsion is hereditary.
How support the life-style that goes with it without it?
As with gear, having it takes over from all
Other aspirations, indeed the noblest, most personal,
Get jettisoned in favour of accumulating a stash.
What to acquire at the apposite time soon seems second nature,
But the dominant characteristic is that dependency on
Squirreling it away into off-shore purses, paranoid
About some rainy day that precedes a deluge. The ark
Must be loaded with cash. More is what’s needed, and never enough.
The rich don’t buy their shoes in bargain shops.