The Sunday NY Times Week in Review section published reader poems about the economic downturn. Here is a sampling. Contribute one by leaving a comment.
Those of us who’ve lost it all,
Thought not about the cost at all.
Those of us who are content,
Gave thought to every single cent.
– John Duvall, Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y.
The new recession
when rich folks must shop Costco
to save on Chanel.
– Maya Leland, Kaneohe, Hawaii
I worked 50 years since I was 16
Saw visions ahead of the American dream
Saved and I saved, no splurges in sight
Bought an apt at the market’s height
Maxed my IRA and 401 too
Put it in blue chips, not CDOs like you
I dreamed of Paris and Venice and Rome
But I’ll be staying a lot closer to home
While all the bankers enjoyed their spree
Financed by naive ones like you and like me
– Barbara Roston, New York, N.Y.
-Gerald Duffy, Portsmouth, N.H.
i wanted to buy something
spend a grand or two.
But then I remembered what the TV said
about the future
about how I may not have a job.
So I sat by the window
the snow fall instead.
– Thomas Bernard Marblo, Charlotte, N.C.