As the year ends,
Let us prepare the account
Of assets acquired and liabilities incurred,
Of money earned and amount spent.
Let us list out purchases made -
Shops and apartments,
Cars and computers,
Air-conditioners and refrigerators,
Ovens and music systems.
Let us list out the winning deals -
The profits made,
The interest earned,
The bonuses received,
The promotions achieved.
And when all is listed out,
Prepare one more list
Of bonds made and those snapped,
Of kindness shown and hurt caused,
Of grudges shed and those nursed,
Of tears brought and smiles given.
The balance-sheet of the year
Must not be left incomplete.