Economics: A Poem

Search form

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

getaway,

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.

Article Tabs

On the third anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, we'll be gathering in Zuccotti Park, New York City, for a full day of speakers, workshops and teach-ins – concluded, of course, with a march on Wall Street.

Using social media and alternative news networks, activists and citizen journalists have found new ways to tell Americans the real story – it's immediate, it's personal, its electronic and its everywhere.

When we chant “We are the 99%,” it is said with a sense of power, with our heads held a little higher and backs straighter, for people have a newfound dignity in being in the majority.

If you're planning to take to the streets in New York City or elsewhere this week, know that today's IMSI technology used by police or the FBI could greatly affect the privacy of your cell phone and protest communications.

The People's Climate March will begin in Columbus Circle – chosen in clear recognition that Indigenous people are on the frontline, leading struggles to protect all of our communities against polluting fossil fuel industries.

If you want to fully understand the game at play in the bankruptcies and privatization of public assets in Detroit, Argentina, and Europe, play Monopoly.

Posted 6 days 10 hours ago

Britain’s political system is broken to the point where many people in Northern England actually want to join Scotland to escape austerity measures.

Posted 5 days 9 hours ago

Organizers haven't been shy about their underlying intentions: using the September march in Manhattan as a platform on which to build an international environmental social movement unlike any previously seen.

Posted 2 days 11 hours ago

In addition to speaking with a common voice on climate justice and the policies needed to achieve it, today's "movement of movements" needs to reach beyond environmentalists.

Posted 5 days 10 hours ago

The latest misguided move by regulators could result in serious collateral damage to cities – maybe serious enough to finally propel them into bankruptcy.

Posted 5 days 9 hours ago

Gas drilling is booming and toxic waste is abundant in the state, where legislators have acted modestly to address growing health and environmental concerns.

The world's largest private equity firm has amassed an unprecedented rental empire by buying foreclosed homes at knock-off prices —from Queen Anne Victorians in Atlanta to brick-faced bungalows in Chicago to Spanish revivals in Phoenix.

Even older cops equally alarmed by the attitudes and behaviors of younger police today, the foot soldiers in the emerging police state.

Revolts are shaking the world, bursting in the most unexpected places, but they rarely take power. Is the big explosion still coming?

David Correia charged with assaulting police officer when group occupied mayor's office in protest over police shootings

Sign Up