How do you expunge all thought?
The battles that you've fought,
the visits to far-off places
and the people of those spaces.
Their faces. Those chases...
Good intention: the cleaver,
the devil's golden retriever.
Of good actions that go foul
or friendships that throw in the towel.
Dependence on others is a Rich man's option,
whether they reciprocate or alleviate
hinges on the auction.
Not to be confused with the trusty oxen
the Poor man's livelihood,
a celebrated adoption.