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.)

Work
in order
to earn leisure

trade
that leisure
for greater wealth

or
choose otherwise
poverty as freedom

but
money's freedom
so I've heard

no
money is
in fact power

knowledge
is power
get it right

so
trade money
to buy knowledge

then
trade knowledge
for more money

why
does it
seem so circular

why
do I
smell a trap?


6 comments:

  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.

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  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!

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  3. True! LOL.

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

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