Haiku: The Perils Of Greed...

"Greed is a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction."  Erich Fromm

Haiku: The Perils Of Greed... The Goose that laid the Golden eggs
Haiku: The Perils Of Greed...  The dog and the bone

Farmer killed the goose
Bird that laid the golden eggs
Such perils of greed... 

Greedy dog drops bone
To shadow box the unknown
Loss is his reward...

I referred back to stories of greed from Aesop's Tales. These are stories I read as a child and they terrified me. The underlying message I got was always that evil befalls greedy people. 

Today, the word is Greed

What is Carpe DiemBlog Owner, Kristjaan Panneman,  describes it as:  "a weblog on haiku. It's a new daily haiku meme where you can write a classical or non-classical haiku on a given prompt. Haiku is an ancient Japanese poetry form. A haiku has three short lines and describes a short moment (as short as the sound of a pebble thrown into water). Mostly a haiku counts 5-7-5 syllables and is sometimes called 'counted verse.'"

"It is not the want, but rather abundance that creates avarice." Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

Haiku: The Perils Of Greed... A bird in hand is worth two in the bush

With a bird in hand
He wants the two in the bush
ill with discontent...

Some Food for Thought: Do you know any greedy people? Have you ever been called Greedy?  Take a moment to contemplate what Greedy means to you? Love and Peace in 2013.

I would love to hear from you: Please leave me a comment. Thank You!

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photographs: Farmer Dog, Bird via Wikipedia, my personal collection.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet


  1. These are wonderful, really give us something to think about. I enjoy the idea of using Aesop's Fables as inspiration. :-)

  2. Greed is indeed exhausting! Stay away from it!

  3. Your Haiku are like gems sourced from another treasure trove, the fables... Loved each one Eliz!!

  4. I loved the stories on greed you portrayed in your haiku !!!

  5. Greed poisons a person. But with the grace of our good Lord, this sinful feeling can be replaced with love, kindness and understanding.

  6. To be content is to be happy. Still, I find no fault in yearning to be better and/or achieve more in life. Else, we will not reach our fullest potentials.

  7. I've always enjoyed Aesop's fables. There's always something to be learned from those stories.

  8. The perils of greed
    Made him rush off to the hills
    To hide the extras...

  9. Sometimes being greedy will be the one to put you in danger.
    I know some people that are not contented with what they want.

  10. I really love how your works remind us of important values, Eliz. In this case, a sin that we should avoid. I've never been called greedy, but I'm very careful not to fall into this pit.

  11. Greed can be positive too e.g. greedy for knowledge. Nice set of haiku with a deeper meaning.

  12. I have read somewhere that the original Aesop fables are much much darker (not sure if it is true). Greed does consume people. I have known people who would betray friends because of greed.

  13. the Aesop's tales you've mentioned stuck with me too... specially the dog and the bone... indeed, greed can destroy a lot of things....

  14. yes, I know greedy people. They are so insecure and never contented with what they have. They are selfish and can never be happy with what other people have.

    Mommy Maye

  15. The greed bit made me think about my gadget addiction. I buy one and then when a better model comes out, I want to toss what I have aside for the other. Hmm... The first quote is really true.

  16. In reality, we can see who's greedy in power this coming election.

  17. unfortunately there are lot of greedy people nowadays.. often times they would betray or destroy someone because of being greedy..

  18. Greed destroys relationships. Being greedy brings out undesirable traits.

  19. Nice one! Greed is bad and bad is bad for the health :)

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  20. Greed becomes the root of most evil doings. Theft, jealousy, graft, corruption to name a few.

  21. you're so good at doing haikus. Greed one of the 7 deadly sins...let's not entertain this emotion as much as possible.

  22. This is a great post. Learned something new :) TFS


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