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This week's theme: Politics
February 19: President's Day? Presidents' Day? Or Presidents Day?
February 20: The Market Is a Merciless Beast

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The Market Is a Merciless Beast

The market is a merciless beast,
Bloodstained in tooth and claw,
A superbly crafted predator
Honed well by nature's law.

Tame it and you'll get a dog -
Friendly, useful, smart,
Overbred imperfectly,
The flawed result of art.

Which do you choose? The perfect beast
To maximize return?
To set unbiased by the heart
What people pay and earn?

Or the dog, who would prefer
To find some way to please,
And with a trick or two, the pain
Of life's worst hardships ease?

Oh, yes, the market undisturbed
Works most efficiently.
But do you choose the wilderness
And nature's cruelty?

Or do you choose the park, where nature,
Guided by the will,
As tame as we, is modified
To spare the weak and ill?

Which is your reflection?
The wild or the tame?
Your answer is a mirror,
Its heart and yours the same.

Copyright by Nicholas Gordon

Video Music: Concerto for Organ and Orchestra Op7 no1 mvt2. By George Frideric Handel. Performed by The Advent Chamber Orchestra at the Free Music Archive under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike license.

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