The Cliff Conceit

A train rushes towards a cliff
The passengers seem unaware
The overseers are worried stiff
The rest don’t seem to have a care

The Rules of Demand and Supply
Are simplistic but even so
The rules to us do not apply
For we let only cronies grow

Economists can rationalise
And justify and educate
And analyse and formalise
And endlessly pontificate

But little can these worthies do
When those in power are corrupt
Their priorities are all askew
Their actions all markets disrupt

Oligarchs hold monopoly
They make markets a mockery
More clearly it’s oligopoly
Shattering all rules like crockery

The common man can’t understand
Precisely how he’s been bled dry
And activists for long can’t stand
However hard they seem to try

Communism Socialism
Have been made into dirty words
Though closest to Humanism

  • Most say, go tell it to the birds

What hope when the majority
Refuses to open its mind ?
A minuscule minority
Is left to fight for humankind

For we are in a train to doom
Hurtling on to fall off a cliff
But the struggle for sitting room
Is all that has us worried stiff

When Most of Us , plus You and I
Do not demand to stop this train
Then who will our great need supply
And stop us going down the drain ?

( ASA )

4 thoughts on “The Cliff Conceit

  1. Jagdish Singh Ramana

    Great. A cry of the bird of spring in autumn. But still there is hope, as the birds if he spring are still alive.
    “Oligarchs hold monopoly
    They make markets a mockery
    More clearly it’s oligopoly
    Shattering all rules like crockery”

    Reply
  2. Jagdish Singh Ramana

    Great. A cry of the bird of spring in autumn. But still there is a hope, as the birds of the spring are still alive.
    “Oligarchs hold monopoly
    They make markets a mockery
    More clearly it’s oligopoly
    Shattering all rules like crockery”

    Reply
  3. VijayNair

    An excellent,hard-hitting satire embracing irony,sarcasm,and irony.Evokes memories of Auden’s best satirical pieces.

    Reply

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