Our Attitude about Money

money isn’t the devil
some say it is
it’s a reality of our existence
and can be a resource for good

how we come by it matters, and
how we use it is important
not a ticket to happiness, and
many other things are more important

though, it concerns me
when folks disparage money
calling it the root of all evil
saying it doesn’t matter

it also worries me
when people only want money
don’t care about other people and things
believing money and life purpose are the same

our attention manifests the life we have
no more, no less
same is true with money, and
everything else in life

if there isn’t enough money in your life
ask yourself why
explore your deepest attitude about money
it may be an impoverished one

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About Don Iannone

Don Iannone is a poet, writer, teacher and photographer who lives in the Greater Cleveland area. He has worked in the economic development field for over 35 years. Don is the author of three poetry books and five photography books. He is working on a short book of photographs and poems about human trafficking. This work was exhibited at six venues in Ohio. Don holds an M.A. degree in Art and Consciousness Studies from the University of Philosophical Research in Los Angeles, where he teaches writing. His educational background also includes studies in Anthropology, Photography, Organizational Behavior, and Economic Development. Don’s website: http://www.donaldiannone.com Wisdom Work Press: https://wisdomworkpress.wordpress.com

22 thoughts on “Our Attitude about Money

  1. this money thing is quite funny… the less i have the more i want to spend and the investments i make when i’m nearly broke usually pay off in the long run and somehow the money i spend comes back in an unexpected way…

  2. A very interesting topic for a poem. I’m glad you brought up the reference to the root of all evil quote, because many don’t realize the Bible actually says the love of money is the root of all evil.

    There certainly are a lot of good things one can do with money, and those who have a knack for making lots of it shouldn’t be despised, nor should those who are poor in worldly goods necessarily be considered holier.

    Lots of food for thought here, Don. πŸ™‚

  3. Aurora: Thanks, and yes I agree with your thoughts here.

    Have you read Penny Lauer’s book, Bottled Butterfly? It speaks to this subject in a wonderful novel about a young girl growing up in the 1930s and 1940s in rural Ohio. It’s a beautiful story in so many ways. My wife discovered the book, and I snatched it from her and started reading it. The idea for this poem comes from that book.

  4. Nasra: Thanks. When it’s an issue you’ve struggled with, it’s easy to write a poem about it. You do the same in other ways. I’m sure.

  5. Don, I have not, but now I’d like to. I think I’ll put it on my wish list. Thanks for the recommendation. πŸ™‚

  6. Money can’t buy happiness. But lack of it causes sadness. It is essential for existence.

    Another poem which is going to make me think for sometime to come.

  7. This is right on target. I like Aurora’s first comment referring to what the Bible actually says about the love of money. Very interesting topic. Thanks for a good read.

    Blessings!

  8. Hi Don,

    I’m the author of Bottled Butterfly, and I’m so pleased that it inspired you to write your poem. Thank you for mentioning it in your comments. I hope Aurora enjoys it.

    Yours is a beautiful website. I will visit it again.

  9. Penny: Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving this comment.

    Bottled Butterfly is a wonderful book. You should feel very proud of your book.

    I will make certain Aurora sees your comment as well.

    In all this, it is my wife, Mary, who deserves the credit for having spotted your book. All I did was read it.

    Isn’t it amazing how things work in life? And, there are no secrets on the Internet. Are there? And you have your daughter to thank for finding my website.

  10. Penny, Don’s description has made me very eager to read the book. It’s not arrived yet, but as soon as it arrives, I’ll begin reading. πŸ™‚

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