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Economics: A Poem

Economics: A Poem
Fri, 11/2/2012 - by John Clark

Photo: Dela Andy Kumahor

I know how the bank robber felt

when he made some stupid mistake,

some one unheeded thing that could have

made all the difference

and ended the scene with a clean


off to vacation

in a place that hates America enough

to preclude extradition.


I know the feeling;

I know it, and it hurts.


It’s just like the one

where I didn’t figure out

in time

that paper was a path to money,

the one where hedge funds

could have been about gardening

for all I knew

when I rose each morning to work

and visited the early sun

when it still shone on us all

with equal force —

before the top of the food chain took the lion’s share

on its way to the lambs

then began blaming the compass points

as unnumbered futures darkened —


as light itself was bent

by the will of a new gravity

like some plutocratic black hole

with irresistible need at the heart

of its furnaces,


and we, late to realize

that everything was being pulled

and pulled and pulled


weirdly jealous,

wanting to be at a party, too,

to enjoy some unalloyed pinnacle of something

before the end,


before history testifies:

These were our stars;

this was our galaxy.

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