Their money they buried
Their daughters they married
Their valuables they carried
everywhere they went.
They locked their doors
They seldom took risks
They ate healthy food
They spent hours on exercise machines.
They lived like they wouldn’t die
and refused to think about death.
They worked until they slept
and slept for half the day.
They didn’t learn the lessons of history.
They spent their time
trying to control their environment.
They never wanted to risk rejection
so they never loved.
They didn’t want to disappoint the neighbors
so they bought everything they saw.
They never saw a sunrise
and spent their sunsets watching TV.
They were surprised when life ended
and wondered where the time went.
They thought they would live forever
but the money and valuables and
swimming pools and fancy houses
lived longer than they did.
Those things live forever
and we don’t.