Life in the Fast lane

“It’s all just one big lie … basically a giant Ponzi scheme.”
                                                —Bernie Madoff, Wall Street conman

A crow atop a phone pole
like a cocked hat –a selfsure bird
eyeing a white line lunch
who understands the nuances of traffic
waits, patient as a tick,
until the last ten-wheeler grinds by
then swoops down quick.
Caaa! says he, its mine, and
pecking like a capitalist he struts
and feeds and darts, always
with his eye out for a killing car or bus
wary his whole life feasting on
what another, less fastidious in attention,
has provided him to munch


Jim Culleny; April 2009


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