Sunday, July 17, 2011

High Finance!


We are asked to use the phrase from Shakespeare's 'Hamlet'....
'Neither a Borrower or a Lender be!'

Borrow and lend and lend and borrow,
Here today and gone tomorrow,
It was bound to end in sorrow
It's known as greed.
We realized in '008,
That penury would be our fate,
But, by then, it was too late!
We paid no heed!
Neither borrower nor lender be!
Don't be rash with currency.
There's no such thing as a money tree!
You'll keep on owing.
Mortgages will not be paid,
Hopes will shatter, hopes will fade;
Your country may not make the grade.
There's an ill wind blowing.
Don't keep wanting more and more.
That is not what money's for.
Everyone will end up poor!
Life's not plain-sailing!
Let us live within our means;
We don't need eviction scenes!
Money isn't jelly-beans!
The system's failing!



Ochre is the colour of Australia,
The soil and the red, red heart.
It's the colour of its heat in the summer
And the colour of its native art.
It features in body-painting,
And in works of world renown.
It's that wonderful sun-soaked,
Rusty, golden, deeply satisfying brown.


vivinfrance said...

You've hit the nail on the head with your first poem. There's no more to be said on debt and credit!

Your ochre poem is beautiful. I love all the earth pigments.

Linda Jacobs said...

I like the jelly bean metaphor! Sadly, your poem is too true.

Cool how you gave Australia a color!

Laurie Kolp said...

Enjoyed both poems... the second is beautiful!

Unknown said...

Oh but just imagine if money was jelly beans.... Ok, back in reality sorry... LOL, love your writes as always:-)

Nara Malone said...

This poem delivers a dose of reality with a spoonful of your wonderful rhyme.

The depiction of Australi in colors is pure art. Loved it.

Mike Patrick said...

You have it all wrong. If we borrow enough money, we will be out of debt. Oops, sorry. I was thinking like a politician for a moment.