Blog 8: Les Murray

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Money just a means to our ends?

No. Is it not the essence of our being that

constitutes every hour spent, idea thought and goal desired?

It is now more than what it was intended

More than just a means to fill out stomach

Now it must fill our greed, our house, our materialistic lives

And with this filled, something is left empty

our creativity, our spirituality, our relationships

our souls.

Some may argue that they are more than the cool green bill

But I will ask them this

when was the last time you worked for a passion, not a salary?

when was the last time you paid attention to someone, instead of paying them?

and when was the last time you stood against that piece of plastic, not begged at its feet?

 The cool green makes the world go round

Inspired by Les Murray and his poem,  “The Cool Green”

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5 Responses to Blog 8: Les Murray

  1. Annabelle says:

    Hey, Sarah!
    That was so mind-blowing to read. You have conveyed the same message through the use of different words which reveals your deep understanding of the poem. You have such a creative touch when it comes to conveying meaning through words. I particularly loved the line, “Now it must fill our greed, our house, our materialistic lives”. The way you compared this to money feeding our stomachs communicated, what I believe, to be the same intent of the original author.
    The heart of the author was completed captured in your line, “when was the last time you worked for a passion, not a salary?”. This is the whole theme of the poem and you have done an excellent job in recreating the idea yet being original. I loved Les Murray’s poem to the point where it didn’t feel like an assignment, rather a hobby, and your poem made me feel the same way.
    Keep up the great work 🙂

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  3. vkotsoris says:

    Hi Sarah,

    This weeks blog post was truly inspiring! I loved the way you brought forth the idea that humans need to work for something other than a salary, work for something other than greed and I believe that this notion is lost amongst society today. I too think that money makes the world go around, but it shouldn’t be the “be all and end all”, the driving force that makes people get out of bed every day. Passion and a love for what you do should be the reason you can’t wait to start the day! Keep up the good work 🙂

    https://sarahazzopardi1.wordpress.com/2016/05/14/blog-8-les-murray/

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  5. An inspiring use of Murray’s idea! Well done Sarah!!

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