When tax evasion makes the news headlines,
a realization follows right to left
that riches equals not the honesty
it might engender in someone like me,
but is an equal poverty, the kind
of desperate state that those of wealth bereft
like some vast treasure house of what might be
inhabit - want is wealth in potency!
And wealth is always wanting - by design:
the rich reach higher still, without surcease:
their fortune is a well-fed animal
that hates the tactile mode, that craves condign
tax isolation, there to rest in peace:
till one rude day, it turns the gaze of all.