Fiscal crisis

03 Jan
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Fiscal crisis

This American Sentence is a poem bribe
for a guilt-free evening.
Yesterday’s two-hour walk was payment
for day-before-yesterday’s pan of brownies.
That crocheted afghan is rent
for time in front of the Food Network.
These last two hours
liking all your updates and pages
are paying forward the success
of my current work-in-progress
which isn’t in progress
and so can’t realistically be called a work
because I’m so busy
paying interest on the past
and borrowing from the future.

© 2013 – Violet Nesdoly


This poem is one of my November poem-a-day efforts. It began with the November 16th Poetic Asides prompt:“Use the last line of yesterday’s poem for the first line of today’s poem.”  Thus the first two lines (I broke my American Sentence into two lines) is a repetition of the ‘bribe or trade-off’ poem I had written the day before.
Obviously I had been listening to too much news in November and I see, judging by current headlines, that a fiscal poem is as timely today as it was two months ago.

poetry+friday+button+-+fulllThis poem is submitted to Poetry Friday, hosted this week by the very versatile Matt at Radio, Rhythm & Rhyme.


Posted by on January 3, 2013 in Light, Poetry Friday, Writing


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21 responses to “Fiscal crisis

  1. mattforrest

    January 3, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    ‘Very versatile?’ Why, thank you! Enjoyed your poem, Violet…brings a new perspective to what we keep hearing inthe news!


  2. LInda Baie (@LBaie)

    January 3, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Sad to say, it is still timely, Violet, & may continue, & continue, & …. Very clever to appropriate the news for your own life. Love those brownies!


    • vnesdoly

      January 4, 2013 at 12:02 pm

      Thanks Linda, I loved those brownies too (actually they were double chocolate cookies that tasted like brownies, and not a whole panful but guilt-inducing nevertheless!).


  3. Myra GB

    January 3, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    2nd day of the year I was also attending to our bills and finances, indeed very timely. Sigh. But that is how it is. 🙂 So we smile and do what we can


    • vnesdoly

      January 4, 2013 at 12:03 pm

      Thank you, Myra. And we do just as you say, as we hold up our little end of responsibility. Have a Happy New Year! 🙂


  4. izatrapani1

    January 4, 2013 at 5:05 am

    A great insight into economics- both personal and national!


    • vnesdoly

      January 4, 2013 at 12:05 pm

      Thank you Iza. Not sure I understand the economics very well, at least not the national and international economics. My own are a different story. Happy New Year to you!


  5. bjleepoet

    January 4, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Loved your poem, Violet! The last two lines are particularly poignant.


    • vnesdoly

      January 4, 2013 at 12:09 pm

      Thank you so much, BJ! Hopefully this year we’ll all be contentedly working in the black (and not frantically trying to pay for yesterday’s and today’s indulgences).


  6. Joyce

    January 4, 2013 at 10:58 am

    This is so true, Violet! In addition to the poem’s relation to the U.S. current national fiscal crisis, it speaks to the way we rationalize so many of the things we indulge in and then feel guilty about. Walking two miles pays for the cookies I overate, etc. I love

    “paying forward the success
    of my current work-in-progress
    which isn’t in progress.”



    • vnesdoly

      January 4, 2013 at 12:10 pm

      Thank you so much, Joyce! So glad I’m getting some empathy here. I thought I might be the only person with such self-defeating tendencies.


  7. haitiruth

    January 4, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    I like it! Thanks for sharing this. Your poems are always so fun to read.


  8. Mary Lee

    January 5, 2013 at 4:25 am

    Your poem explained the fiscal cliff better than any news commentary I ignored…um…heard. Brought it right down to my level, you did!!


  9. margaretsmn

    January 5, 2013 at 4:28 am

    Timely poem and so clever. We so often rationalize our excuses. Love the use of “fiscal” words. I especially relate to the work-in-progress that is not in progress.


    • vnesdoly

      January 5, 2013 at 7:25 am

      Thank you all, Ruth, Mary Lee and Margaret! Obviously we’re all in the same boat, or perhaps I should say climbing the same mountain!


  10. Steve Peterson

    January 5, 2013 at 8:03 am

    Loved the wry tone in this poem, Violet! Thanks!
    “which isn’t in progress
    and so can’t realistically be called a work”


  11. Tara

    January 6, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    This is a fiscal cliff solutionI can get…especially if it involves brownies and cozy afghans.


  12. April Halprin Wayland

    January 13, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    I love this poem, Violet! This is the first time I’ve stopped by. Wonderful blog!


    • vnesdoly

      January 15, 2013 at 8:56 pm

      Thank you so much, April! I’m honored to hear that from you who amazed me with your poems in ‘Girl Coming In For a Landing’!


  13. joyacey

    January 17, 2013 at 11:16 am

    My notes show that you are hosting Poetry Friday tomorrow. Friday, Jan. 20, 2013.
    I have a poem about being angry posted and a writing challenge at
    It will be posted at midnight mountain daylight time.(or is it standard?) Thank you for hosting this week.

    Joy Acey



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