is measured up and sold,
the true purpose of it is found
in small amounts of gold.
The place the rich compete to steal
the heritage of Rome,
exhibiting their taste for friends
who roll their eyes and groan.
And all the starving artists dream,
from shoebox apartments,
of fame inside the Auction House,
to cloak their scrappy garments.
Perhaps, one day they’ll find waiting
a little gilded note.
Invited to the grand charade
to earn a simple banknote.