I ... entered the poem of life, whose purpose is ... simply to witness the beauties of the world,
to discover the many forms that love can take. (Barabara Blackman in 'Glass After Glass')

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29 May 2008

Market forces

(Wednesday prompt: a poem about commerce.)

in order
to earn leisure

that leisure
for greater wealth

choose otherwise
poverty as freedom

money's freedom
so I've heard

money is
in fact power

is power
get it right

trade money
to buy knowledge

trade knowledge
for more money

does it
seem so circular

do I
smell a trap?


  1. I think there's truth in it, not sure it's The Truth.

    I was exploring the hay(na)ku form and also exploring various attitudes, some of them mine, and just following where it all led.

  2. I'm not sure there are many truths that fall into the 'The Truth' bracket.

    I don't much about hay(na)ku... actually, that's an exaggeration: I don't know anything about hay(na)ku! I'll have to investigate!

  3. True! LOL.

    It's a relatively new form. You'll find lots of sites if you Google.