O. Nash 

A Tribute to the Poet, Ogden Nash (1902-1971)

"... my field -- the minor idiocies of humanity" 

On Wealth 
Reflection on the Fallibility of Nemesis 

He who is ridden by a conscience
Worries about a lot of nonscience;
He without benefit of scruples
His fun and income soon quadruples.

Lines Indited with all the Depravity of Poverty 

One way to be very happy is to be very rich
For then you can buy orchids by the quire and bacon by the flitch.
And yet at the same time People donít mind if you only tip them a dime,
Because itís very funny
But somehow if youíre rich enough you can get away with spending
water like money
While if youíre not rich you can spend in one evening your salary for
the year
And everybody will just stand around and jeer.
If you are rich you donít have to think twice about buying a judge or a
horse,
Or a lower instead of an upper, or a new suit, or a divorce,
And you never have to say When,
And you can sleep every morning until nine or ten,
All of which
Explains why I should like very, very much to be very, very rich. 


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