Sunday, September 18, 2011

Financial Fiasco


The words in blue are the opening words of
Howard Jacobson's novel 'The Finkler Question'.


He should have seen it coming,
Otherwise what was he paid for?
Why did he earn such a fortune?
What did he ply his trade for?
We all thought that Financiers
Were a cut above the rest;
They were clever chaps with figures
And we were most impressed.
We handed our money over,
To be cared-for by his banks.
He merely rubbed his hands with glee;
I don't think he said 'Thanks'.
And he started gambling with it!
He just played fast and loose!
He threw it around like confetti,
Took it for his own use!
He played little games of Chance with it!
He tossed it in the air.
So long as he got his zillions
He didn't really care.
And when it all went pear shaped
Did he hang his head in shame!
No! The governments said 'There, there, dear'
And now they take the blame.
He should have seen it coming!
And now he should get the sack.
He took our money with gusto;
When will he give it back?


Sunshine isn't needed when reflection is the aim.
Things keep on reflecting in wet weather just the same.
Even on the dullest day, when rain is sheeting down,
Blotting out the scenery and puddling the town,
We see reflections on the ground with just a glimpse of light.
And they'll be gone tomorrow when the sun is bold and bright.


keiths ramblings said...

This is so topical, and really amusing. I cannot believe how quickly you respond. Brilliant as ever!

Margaret Gosden said...

This reflection is so deceptive! Difficult to see how it works....I like the rhyme, too - very apt!

Susie Clevenger said...

Great job using humor to tell the story of robbery with the government's blessing... :)

Linda Bob Grifins Korbetis Hall said...

playful words.

well done.