Do you have enough?

I’m not into poetry or anything that resembles like it. I love prose and that isn’t going to change anytime soon. Nonetheless, there are times you bump into something that comes highly recommended. This poem below was one of them.

It’s basically a dialog between Kurt Vonnegut and Joseph Heller, two of the finest writers of all time, is profound in more ways than just one. It resonated quite strongly with me the first time I read it years ago. And it gave me goosebumps when I read it again this morning.

Could it be that we’ve gotten this whole notion of success and riches all wrong in our heads?

True story, Word of Honor:
Joseph Heller, an important and funny writer
now dead, and I were at a party given by a billionaire
on Shelter Island.

I said, “Joe, how does it make you feel
to know that our host only yesterday
may have made more money
than your novel ‘Catch-22’
has earned in its entire history?”
And Joe said, “I’ve got something he can never have.”
And I said, “What on earth could that be, Joe?”
And Joe said, “The knowledge that I’ve got enough.”
Not bad! Rest in peace!

Kurt Vonnegut (in a poem he wrote for The New Yorker in May of 2005)

How much is enough for you?

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