Sunday, June 5, 2016

Garden Economics

            The beautiful landscape as we know it
            belongs to those who are like it.
                        —Muso Soseki

Capitalism is    a beautiful weed.
It grows most striking sans constraint
and prospers    for a while
            in fertile soil,
until it chokes
on coiled roots and unrestrained vines,
laissez faire foliage.

A mindful gardener
prunes flora     held so fair
with care,
            with incisiveness,
lest compelled to axe
and spade.

Don’t be all      Edward Scissorhands,
but snip, snip,
            manicure,
manipulate,      cultivate.

Capitalism is    a beautiful weed,
a living, growing thing,
not a delicate thing.

Trim, tend, cultivate
                                    or
axe, spade.

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"Garden Economics" was included in Issue 13 (Spring 2016) of local Dayton journal Mock Turtle Zine. 

Past issues of Mock Turtle can be viewed online.

Eric

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