The evidence suggests getting rich
was not one of my priorities.
I studied literature and took up
writing poetry: any questions?
Also, I've always worked. Rather
late in the game, I noticed most
rich people don't work a lot.
Or at all.
Way back in the ago-era,
I ran my own weed- and grass-
cutting business, age 15.
Since then: different wage-jobs--
labor at a gravel-plant, hod-
carrying, washing pots,
writing sports articles, pounding
nails, digging trenches,
reading standardized tests.
Also a salaried job. Professor.
I see now that this was the path
for me. I think if I were rich, I'd
be very nervous, less generous,
and much more of a fuck-up
than I already have been.
That's my report.
Hans Ostrom, 2012