A young boy faithfully took his lunch to school each day, because he knew that without it, he would be hungry. If his parents would have let him, he would have taken much more than he needed, because he always wanted more.
One day, a classmate of his made a deal with him to provide him with a gift if he would part with a portion of his lunch. This boy saw the promise of a gift as a means to acquire more. The next day came, and despite the fact that he had given away part of his lunch, he did not receive the gift. The classmate, however, promised him that the gift would come the next day, and would be even better if the boy once again gave up part of his lunch. This went on, day after day, week after week, until months had gone by.
Eventually, this boy came to realize that his desire to acquire treasures had actually robbed him of what he already had.
when one has greed
soon the need for
more leads to less
Written for dVerse, where Bjorn has us writing haibun. Haibun are usually a bit of prose, followed by a haiku, but Bjorn asked us to be creative, and gave us license to use other short poetic forms rather than haiku. I chose to end my poem with a than bauk.