Follow the Money

Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso

A river runs
through the land
A river not of water
but one of commerce
bountiful resources
productive labor
vast wealth

On the river
on its tributaries
men have built dams
villages towns & cities
each taking out of it
a necessary tax
to manage it

At the heart
of the land lies
its largest reservoir
a dam so large it takes
congress to manage
how resources
will be used

are what we call
managers of wealth
Never without friends
they play Monopoly
with the national

“Government dies as the men who form it die
       and are laid away in their graves
    and the new government that comes after
       is human, made of heart beats of blood,
          ambitions, lusts, and money running through it all,
    money paid and money taken, and money covered up
          and spoken of with hushed voices.” ~ Carl Sandburg, ‘Government’

About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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7 Responses to Follow the Money

  1. was sandburg ever US poet laureate?

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Fiza says:

    Socially apt and relevant poem! Sandburg’s quote brings it all to rest, in a circle.


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