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Economic Poetry Slam!

Scott Jagow Mar 6, 2009

Alright, it’s time to channel your inner poet. I thought we’d try a little poetry slam about the economy. A couple things prompted this idea. Yesterday, our foreign editor John Buckley sent me the Wordsworth poem “Daffodils” in a cheer-up effort I suppose, since the news has been so crappy this week. Then, I overheard host Tess Vigeland doing a run-through of Marketplace before the show, and she accidentally pronounced the word economics like acheonomics. That was spontaneous poetry if I’ve ever heard it.

So I wrote a little poem, and I’ll tell you what. I feel better. If you feel inspired, add a little poem to the comments section. Just a couple lines if you want.

I’ll start it off. Here’s my poem, with title inspiration from Tess 🙂


I’ve never been tickled with money
But I bet it hurts

Credit cards don’t cut
They slide easily
But try picking a lock with debt

Try picking a stock instead
Eight thousand points less

Wall Street was a Dutch defense
More Hedge than Wall
Didn’t keep out the Brits
Or the Twits, at all

When Bears attack
Don’t run
According to Wikipedia
But Bulls can catch you too.

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