and the people call
upon bright memories
of peace and prosperity
and of brave paladins of old
who’d took up the sword and rally all
to beat down the treacherous scalawags
my friends, those saviours never existed
paladins won’t come to save the day
pirates abound and scalawags
wreck disastrous ruin
as homeless multiply
in the name of greed
all may be lost
no easy solutions
we must all
© G.s.k. ‘16
I couldn’t tell you where this morning’s reflection on the world economic situation came from, I was thinking about something completely different, anyway …
I guess there were/are always a lot of pirates and scalawags (as well as real issues – like expensive war spending) involved in keeping the world economy in its perennial oscillating state – paladins in the form of central banks and governments have tried to resolve the most recent problems over the last 10 years by reinforcing banks, companies and countries that over-stretched themselves heavily investing in toxic assets. They too are now stretching themselves thin – economically speaking.
World economy isn’t even a little easy to understand – though we do like to find someone or something to blame everything on – in other words a scapegoat. A paladin won’t solve our problems and neither will a scapegoat. I won’t deny that banks, their executives, corrupt government officials, nearsightedness, the proverbial 10% and all that jazz don’t exist. However, let’s try to see where we too work into that scenario, because we do – and we my friends are the manipulated majority.
I came to the conclusion, pretty much forty years ago laying under a bed as bombs fell outside my house in Chad, that as long as everyone looks out just for number one there will always be disunity and economic disaster. From burning down forests to beating up those who are different – closed-minded violence, bigotry and selfishness, is an endemic disease among the people’s of the world which will keep us, the majority of humanity, in a state of poverty – moral and economical – and that 10%? They enjoy the wealth which we happily give them and then just as happily destroy their profit givers. They couldn’t do what they do without our collaboration and consent… something to think about.
The poetry form, Etheree, consists of 10 lines of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 syllables. Etheree can also be reversed and written 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Get creative and write an Etheree with more than one verse, but follow suit with an inverted syllable count.
A non-rhyming, 3-line poem with a syllable count of 6-3-1.