It seems the same old story,†††
passed down on through the ages;
We remain slaves to our desires,††
despite the warnings of the sages.
Desire is the seed of pain,†††
attachment, covet, want;
Suffering will certainly follow,††††
Desire's karmic plot.
Want not, and one need not pay,††††
but want, and the cost is high;
Desire keeps us deep in debt,†††
as life passes by.
But to be human is to want,††††
all human's have desire;
Everyone is selfish,††††
on this earthy mire.
Even happiness, the final good,†††
†seems a fantasy we can't attain;
We are bound to suffer as we are human,††††
to be alive, means living pain.