Quadrille 6


The taste for the superfluous holds sway
over those who are still unacquainted
with the necessary.
Twist and turn as we may,
true contentment
will remain out of reach for
those who are ignorant of the difference
between want and need,
sufficiency and greed.

 44 words using the word twist for dVerse.  I came across a quote from a Russian text in a Donna Leon book, but have lost the reference, so my poem is a paraphrase.

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19 Responses to Quadrille 6

  1. Love this. Kind of a tongue-twister.

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  2. Wants vs. needs can definitely vary between folks. Great message in your poem.

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  3. Bryan Ens says:

    Interesting how those who have nothing are happy just to have needs met, while those of us who have so much are never satisfied.

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  4. Truedessa says:

    Your words speak truth – sometimes what we want isn’t what we need…

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  5. Bodhirose says:

    So true, Viv. I have often wondered why some people feel the “need” to have so much…it becomes like a bottomless pit of greediness.

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  6. Read again after Whimsygizmo’s comment to see what she, and obviously the poet, meant. Love learning through the perceptions in the comments. Well done.

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  7. Sumana Roy says:

    yes…for true contentment one needs to be a bit wise too…it’s not for all…well said…

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  8. I love the wisdom in this. It seems the more one has, the more one wants.

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  9. Patti says:

    Isn’t that the truth? I think I’m still struggling to learn this lesson. Well done.

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  10. Grace says:

    I agree, its knowing the difference between want and need,
    sufficiency and greed. Thanks for linking in Viv ~

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  11. lillian says:

    A truism wisely stated in 44 words. Nice one!


  12. tialys says:

    I love this one.

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  13. whimsygizmo says:

    Viv, I love your use of rhyme and slant rhyme here. This is fun to read aloud. And so true.


  14. She says:

    Fantastic poem.


  15. Rosemary Nissen-Wade says:

    Neatly said. Can’t argue with it!

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  16. katechiconi says:

    True contentment… rare, but achievable, nearly as rare as recognising ‘enough’.

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  17. A couldn’t agree more… especially the last few lines… to many don’t know the difference

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