At Carry On Tuesday, they gave us this prompt…

“This week, the opening line from Home Thoughts From Abroad. Not by Robert Browning but Clifford T Ward: I could be a millionaire if I had the money.”

Now, you know me.  The first phrase that caught my pun-addled brain was “Thoughts From a Broad,” but that is so Bette Midler… Carry on!  Amy

If I Had the Money

If I decided to waste a buck
I could buy a lottery ticket
I could be a millionaire…

If I had the money,
I would give it all away.
I would drop it on rainforest recovery
and houses for Katrina victims
and public education grants
(and recalling the governor of Wisconsin).

Buy canned goods, give them to pantries;
clothe the homeless, give them shelter;
feed the hungry, give them hope;
help immigrants learn English if they wanted to
so they could see beyond cleaning rich people’s bathrooms.

I would spend it so fast,
old friends couldn’t catch up to me for loans,
because the money would already be gone.

I could be a millionaire if I had the money.
But if I had a million bucks, I wouldn’t have it long!

© 2011 Amy Barlow Liberatore/Sharp Little Pencil