MONEY WEALTH

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Bank notes are to the State

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† What gold was to the Kingdom - confirmation

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Of a materialist bias, a kind of focal-point

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† And raison d'Ítre of business activity,

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Attesting to the ideological stranglehold

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Of contemporary economics over life,

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Making money an ideal of the State

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† No less than finding gold was an ideal

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Of the more materialistic Kingdom.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Have you ever noticed how obsessed

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† The contemporary world is with money,

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Or are you too obsessed by it yourself

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† To be conscious of the world's obsession,

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Taking it all for granted?

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Speaking as a poet, I can only say that I have noticed

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† The contemporary world's obsession with money

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† And feel truly disgusted by it!

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Not a day passes without some media news

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† About the state of the pound

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Against foreign currency (particularly the dollar),

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† News of stock-exchange values,

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† The state of the economy,

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Wage demands or price controls,

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Inflation and recession,

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Bank robberies or pools jackpots,

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Liquidations and amalgamations,

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Savings deposits and interest rates,

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Losses and profits,

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Public expenditure or private investment,

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Taxes and fines,

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Budgets and price increases,

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† The sinking value of this

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Against the rising value of that, and so on ...

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† To the greater material glory of the State,

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† That modern Moloch which devours the spirit

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† In the name of the flesh,

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† The poor in the interests of the rich,

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Making wealth the contemporary ideal,

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Whether hogged by the Few

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Or shared between the Many,

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† All struggling for more, no end in sight

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† To the darkness of economic slavery,

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† The age of the living dead,

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Both bourgeois and proletarian,

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Capitalist and socialist.