And greedy-hearted

We snatch and grab,

Desperately needy, opportunist,

Heads turned by the sparkle

Of diamond-coated happiness

No more than charcoal.

Why does the promise of glitter

Have us all atwitter like

Manic magpies chasing gold

In an unwinnable race?

Caught in a scuffle

That achieves little more than ruffled feathers

Until we shuffle off this mortal coil.

To the victor no spoils, since

Each jewel

Delivers only a fraction of the satisfaction

We crave –

Endless cycle of distraction and

False attraction;

Sold a dream, a treasure,

Which simply cannot bring us pleasure.


Emma H, age 26, 17/08/2017

This is my 200th post on In Emma World! 😀 It’s crazy that in just under 7 months I have managed to create and post this much content. Thanks to all of my followers and readers for your support so far, I’m looking forward to writing even more 🙂


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