Though modest houses and small cottages
Once humbly occupied our neighborhood,
Now mansions rise to flaunt someone’s success,
A trend that I am loath to think is good.
And other signs of grandiosity
Appear behind garages’ double doors
Where he and she each parks an SUV
Displaying private school insignias, of course.
Now you may say that envy motivates
My scorn, and yet I think that is not so;
It’s just that “Less is more” better relates
My attitude, who would such luxuries forego.
As Thoreau taught, we ought to simplify
And contemplate that house where we last lie.