'Keeping Up' With The Joneses

I day clean for the Joneses

They have a big penthouse

The mistress would fall ill

If she saw a tiny mouse


They have a huge swim pool

Outside their many rooms

Their windows will seal off

If a howling typhoon looms


A butler will appear

When Master presses the bell

The butler has to look for

His toupee and hair gel


Their children's shoes and boots

Are made in Paris France

And as I cleaned their rooms

I went into a trance


I imagined MY penthouse

Up higher than their floor

It's bigger than the Joneses

With a massive strong red door


And right up on the rooftop

Pad's for my copter to land

To bring right to my red door

My most favourite band


My fancy yacht is berthed

At the dock far down below

My special elevator

Is fast and never slow


A girl does my manicure

The other does my toes

A masseur does my back

Till my rounded body glows


"Wake up wake up Miss R

Your bus is now right here

Driver said he'll wait 5 minutes

You start at the penthouse dear."


I just read about the lengths some families would go to, to keep up with the Joneses (in my country it would be the Wongs, Alis or Muthus). They end up in debt and distress. I imagined what it would be like.....No thanks!







  • dusk arising

    I've heard about that too but never met anyone who was actually like that.

    Enjoyed reading your story here.

    • Rozina

      Thank you.

    • Teddy.15

      LMAO you just described so many people I know, I tried to choose a stanza i love more but I just can't you made me giggle so much in every verse there is a sarcasm and truth that I just love. People really do have lives like this. LoL πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ i love It.

      • Rozina

        Thank you so much Teddy.

      • Fay Slimm.

        Am giggling at your portrayal of people who live for luxury and being served........... yes I would say "no thanks" too if that lifestyle were ever offered - -- great piece of telling it just like it is - - thanks too Rozina for sharing the very apt image of your red door penthouse with its own copter pad.

        • Rozina

          Thank you.

        • Paul Bell

          I want that much to keep up with the Joneses, I'm changing my name to Smith. Actually, I had a neighbour like that, what a pain in the ass she was.

          • Rozina

            Yes a real pain. Thank you.

          • L. B. Mek

            watch the Oscar winning film 'Parasite', if you haven't yet
            unveils it all
            so depressingly, relatable..
            (a wonderful exposition
            of a topic, most find too scary
            to contemplate
            for its unwanted insinuations
            towards, our very own life 'choices'...)
            thanks for sharing

            • Rozina

              I haven’t watched it yet. Thank you for your comments.

            • GypsyLady

              this is a fun portrayal of a common problem...too many people live way beyond their means in order to do this...

              • Rozina

                They really do. Thank you.

                • GypsyLady

                  you're welcome! πŸ™‚

                • Neville

                  We are a strange lot aint we, us humans ..........
                  a great tale told terribly well .. its a funny old world innit ..... πŸ™‚ Neville

                  • Rozina

                    It is a funny old world for sure. Thank you.

                  • Goldfinch60

                    Some people are like this and it always brings me back to something I read many years ago.
                    A new waiter was laying out the tables for important people and he asked the manager where to put the names of the people as they were all so important. The manager said:

                    "The people that care don't matter, the people that matter don't care."


                    • Rozina

                      The manager gave a very good answer. Thank you.

                    • spilleronsheet

                      A bitter truth
                      A strong satire
                      A wilful humour
                      And the sad mentality of few
                      You wove so many emotions too
                      A great one dear Rozina
                      It was fun to read this poetry

                      • Rozina

                        Thank you.

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