Sunday, July 28, 2013

Melt-down, Pessimism Ahead?

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Image: A Gloomy Wall St Intersection
Source: Wikimedia Commons (here)

A change for the able
A motivation no less
To catapult one to a higher level
Vying for one’s best
Sensing a world of unlimited wants
But stifled by scarce resources
One at the forefront
Discounting unbridled losses

Searching for solutions
To overcome shrinking revenue
Conflicts abound with options
How to make out anew

The business world revolve
On its own momentum
Extending a reach to involve
The reckless shenanigans

But the economy is rudely facing
Trying times without recourse
A market smaller in offerings
Contracting on untimely remorse

Gets frightening
Just thinking
How it had been
Previous sub-prime thing!

Written for Poets United's Poetry Pantry #160  and Kerry's hosting at Real Toad's Open Link Monday

22 comments:

  1. Those with the most to lose always have the farthest to fall, that corner there houses em all

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  2. this is when that trickle down economy they spout off about really begins to trickle...and the hard times will surely be plenty if the economy were to collapse...

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  3. Yes, the economy is still not great here. Many have lost their jobs, their homes in the US. It's also a world wide crisis. I hope it gets better soon!

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  4. We on the bottom are the ones to really feel it, right, Hank? Every mo nth prices go up and up - the only thing that doesnt is our income. Which is still, in my case, what it was in 1972!!!!!!! Argh.

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  5. Nice poem Hank. Are we feeling it here?

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    1. Thanks Lisa.
      Not yet but eventually yes! Our export sector will be affected and the ripples spiral down and sideways affecting the domestic economy!

      But unfortunately for the moment I'm finding it difficult to give comments at your side. This happened for the past 2 postings.

      Hank

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  6. always a feel good thing to read a poem in rhyme

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  7. The economy is reeling everywhere. You took a mundane topic and turned it into an interesting poem. Nice.

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  8. yes I agree with Suzy....really you can churn out poem from any subject. keep up!!

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  9. I'm definitely pessimistic about the future!

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  10. This really is stunning, thought provoking work, thank you, made me think :)

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  11. Until, at the top end, the property greed diminishes and the longing for multiple glossy trinkets lessens, then "the daily bread" for the rest of us becomes further beyond reach. Just a thought.

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  12. It is a "world of unlimited wants" for sure. So many cannot make ends meet, while others seem to get richer and richer. A very truthful, well written piece.

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  13. We continue to feed the beast with our many wants and it's grown to big and we have little left to give.

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  14. When my husband and I first moved to Sweden the economy was in a very bad state, he had a hard time to find work and then not good work. Now things have improved and he has a great job but my family is still in the states and struggling. My works 12 hours day for inconsistent pay

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    1. The worst is yet to come. The anticipated melt-down of similar proportions to the Great Depression is coming. It was slated for 2013 and would spill-over to 2014. Brace ourselves. There
      s no place to run. Thanks mlm!

      Hank

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  15. You strike at the heart of the economic duress we all find ourselves in these days.

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  16. nice to see a subject of substance - well dont

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  17. I can't help wondering what effect all this will have on pensioners. On one hand, it is good to have an income but, on the other hand, will the government run out of pension money? They're already talking about changing the pension age from 65 to 70, but with jobs getting scarcer, who is going to hire a 67-year-old? Will businesses keep them on or let them go?
    Scary stuff, Hank.
    K

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  18. Don't get me started, Hank! GREAT subject for a poem. There was a paradigm shift in the 50s, as seen in a marvelous film called "Executive Suite," with Barbara Stanwyck and Wm. Holden among an all-star cast. It tells of a change in leadership of a large corporation, a furniture concern. The fight is between one man who wants to keep generating give-backs to shareholders and one who want the workers to be proud of what they are making, maintain a strong union. Guess which one wins? AMAZING. And this poem speaks to just that point: When did Wall Street start running the US and not the other way around?

    I know what's trickling down. Pass the toilet paper! And thanks for linking to Real Toads! Amy

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  19. I think for everywhere around the world it is more or less similar if not the same- but worse hit as always are the people who were barely surviving even before the bubble busted.

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