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America After the Great Bust, 2009

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The Fed restructures its paper pyramid;/ Capitalism, running naked, scrapes bottom;/ Real estate vacates without a counter-bid;/ Families stay homeless well into autumn.

The global downturn transfers Earth's axis;/ Finance consorts with psychopathic sorts;/ As bankers rig losses by misplacing faxes,/ Good times rot on the docks of idle ports.

Googling Earth, economists fixate/ On the leading coordinates of calamity./ Electronic funds in flight regurgitate/ Surcharges on the use of gravity.

The wily old Dow sells short its know-how,/ (With the Nasdaq also panicked in retreat),/ And glances a moment at the tenets of the Tao/ Before reaffirming the laws of self-defeat.

Our passivity, our nonbeing, remits the Street/ For rash risk and foreclosure's humiliations./ By night we bear the toxic sleet/ Of collateralized obligations.

In truth we see Masters of the Universe/ As galactic raiders who scavenge off it./ To be American is to protest and curse/ Oligarchy that wolfs down death for profit.

Debt-ridden, we can leap into inner space/ Where destiny's heroes are endowed./ Money can't buy perfection's time and place/ Where bust is the one word disavowed.

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Peter Michaelson is an author, blogger, and psychotherapist in Plymouth, MI. He believes that better understanding of depth psychology reduces the fear, passivity, and denial of citizens, making us more capable of maintaining and growing our (more...)
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