The need to be filthy rich
The need to be skinny
The need to have the latest gadget
The need to be extremely pretty
The need to look one’s very best
The need for designer shoes
The need for the perfect partner
The need to have several from which to choose
The need to have the flashiest car
The need to be living in a multi-storey home
The need to have the finest wine
The need to travel to the likes of France or Rome
The need to have a high paying job
The need for perfect kids
The need to eat the finest foods
The need for pedigree pets
All these wants
That we confuse for needs
All these materials
Only heightening our greed
We are always wanting more
And living with discontent
Feeling down and desolate
Being unhappy with the present
Forgetting what it important
Food, shelter and clothing
And even more significant
Loved ones, not belongings
If we gave up these wants
And ‘needed’ a lot less
We’d be happier and content
With living life itself
***This was written for One Single Impression Prompt 178: Need***

Until next time,


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  • Titaxy
    26 July 2011 at 7:10 pm

    well said. 🙂 so many people confuse ‘want’ for ‘need’ and go after things that only bring superficial happiness. oh well.

  • Magali
    26 July 2011 at 7:39 pm

    Nice verse.
    And it’s so right. In the end all we need is ‘roti, kapda & makaan’. Food clothing and shelter. Everything else is optional, right?

  • Prateek
    26 July 2011 at 8:07 pm

    Need; the synonym of life and living. Vouch your words.

  • Psych Babbler
    26 July 2011 at 10:12 pm

    Yep Mags! In order to actually survive, we don’t need much. But boy, do we
    all want a whole lot under the misconception that we will be happy…

  • Psych Babbler
    26 July 2011 at 10:12 pm

    Yep Prateek, we delude ourselves with all these ‘needs’.

  • Nitya
    27 July 2011 at 4:31 am


  • Itisnu
    27 July 2011 at 4:54 am

    right you’re…want and need are synonymously used which is not apt at all !

    nice arrangement of words PB,as always 🙂

  • Lazy Pineapple
    27 July 2011 at 6:02 am

    so true….it is a vicious circle..wanting more and more in which most people get caught these days.

  • Prateek Gupta
    27 July 2011 at 6:13 am

    Brilliant poem. I remember the quote in context I am not sure if it is from Mahatama Gandhi or Emerson – 
    Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed.

  • PremI
    27 July 2011 at 8:07 am

    All that we need is contentment and peace!

  • Psych Babbler
    27 July 2011 at 9:52 am

    Thanks Nitya! 🙂

  • Psych Babbler
    27 July 2011 at 9:53 am

    Thanks Nu…and yes, I think that’s a mistake we make more often nowadays than probably our grandparents’ generations did…

  • Psych Babbler
    27 July 2011 at 9:53 am

    The more we want, the less satisfied we are with what we have…

  • Psych Babbler
    27 July 2011 at 9:53 am

    Thanks Prats! And that’s a really good quote…nice one to remember.

  • Psych Babbler
    27 July 2011 at 9:54 am

    Welcome here Premi! Thanks for the prompt to give this opportunity to write this piece…and yes, in the end, all we need is peace and contentment which we won’t get if our wants keep growing! 🙂

  • Akanksha Dureja
    27 July 2011 at 11:46 am

    If only we could correctly differentiate between needs and wants!

  • Psych Babbler
    28 July 2011 at 2:16 am

    …life would then be so much easier and happier, wouldn’t it Akanksha?

  • Ekta khetan
    28 July 2011 at 9:59 am

    Well Said…we need everything but never give

  • Westlander Poetry
    28 July 2011 at 3:43 pm

    So true!!  We need to find gratitude in what we *do* have. 


  • Psych Babbler
    28 July 2011 at 8:29 pm

    Welcome here Ekta…yeah we don’t give because we keep wanting more…

  • Psych Babbler
    28 July 2011 at 8:29 pm

    Welcome here Deborah! And rightly said…we are hardly ever grateful and only want more…