Compound Interest

(Plumbing mercantile mendacity)

exchanging glance
hurling lance
holding masses
firm in trance
Raising bankers
from the dead
reason’s water
justice’s air
with lead.
Waiting for growth
seeing the world
in scenes
sweet recreation
without hesitation
fun in larceny
fortunes in usury
reaped by destiny
depend not on chance,
but solely, obscenely
upon rapine Finance.

Dr T.P. Wilkinson writes, teaches History and English, directs theatre and coaches cricket between the cradles of Heine and Saramago. He is author of Unbecoming American: A War Memoir and also Church Clothes, Land, Mission and the End of Apartheid in South Africa. Read other articles by T.P..