The Sunday Poem: Larry Goodell... Greed Dogs

Once called "The Aristophanes of the Piñon-Juniper Scrubland" performance poet Larry Goodell has lived in Placitas for almost 50 years. He has published many local writers and is author of Firecracker Soup, Out of Secrecy, The Mad New Mexican, and Here on Earth. He is currently helping with the Duende Poetry Series there in Placitas.

Greed Dogs

Corporate madness dogs the world, corporation insanity,
the cream at the top turned to vicious gold tarnished by hell hounds
grinding profits off of poorer and poorer people –
while the banks & investors in dizzying derivatives pushing logic to madness
crave schemes even more outlandish as they ride off into managed debt.
The stock market is barking as the dog-eat-dog dogs pit-bull each other
over screens of fantasy wealth turned to boom boom boom bust turmoil.
All the could-be scientists and engineers becoming business bullies
up corporate ass-kiss ladders crashing crests as they disappear into
unregulated heights of all-consuming wealth, rapists dogging rapists,
unheard of hoardings surpassing kings of gold, mythical treasure nothing in their
amoral amassing, their dominating the world in gaudy self-righteousness,
ass-kissing ass-biting dogs of bigger business insurers, robber baron bankers,
crazed foaming-at-the-mouth investors establishing Greed
as God’s only gift to man.

--larry goodell, placitas, nm 22Oct09

Poetry submissions are welcome. Email The whole Sunday Poem series is available from the front page of the DCF by clicking on The DitchRider in the left-hand sidebar. Poems early in the series are archived under "previous post" at the bottom of The DitchRider blog.

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Comment by Barelas Babe on February 7, 2010 at 8:25am
Righteous and powerful words. I especially like the line about pushing logic to madness. Gracias.
Comment by Margaret Randall on February 7, 2010 at 8:45am
Great poem, Larry! We are all so enraged these days--but then when weren't we? As a poet I often find it's difficult to transform the rage into poetry. You do that so well in this poem. And I can hear (and see) you performing it. Bravo!
Comment by cathyray on February 7, 2010 at 9:07am
thanks for expressing the rage we all feel & have felt for some time now. powerful.
Comment by larry goodell on February 7, 2010 at 11:04am
thanks for giving poets a presence . . . you know, newspapers used to publish poems!
Comment by cc on February 7, 2010 at 12:58pm
Wow - so glad to see your poetry here on the Fix, Larry!!
I agree with Margaret's comment wholeheartedly.
Comment by Rich Boucher on February 8, 2010 at 8:33am
@ Lauren: so, because your Dad benefited from certain positive corporations, you think it's a "therefore" that no one should ever criticize ANY corporations? Ever?
Comment by Jeff Sipe on February 8, 2010 at 1:08pm
Thanks for telling it like it is. Much love & respect to Larry. Jeff Sipe
Comment by bg on February 8, 2010 at 11:52pm
Always good to read your work and hear your voice, Larry. Glad to see it (and you) here too!
Comment by cc on February 9, 2010 at 4:56pm
Local, made-in-USA, Mom n Pop biz, where ARE you anymore????
Comment by Georgia Santa-Maria on February 11, 2010 at 6:28am
Thanks for the poem. As I see it, it's a sense of proportion. If one bank exec. gave back a $17million bonus, 85 families in foreclosure could keep their homes free at an average of $200K apiece. You could employ 340 people at jobs paying $50K a year. Then they could pay their own mortgages. What does anybody need $17 million for, anyway? For that kind of money, you could have multple heart-transplants and cancer, even without insurance. Maybe that's what they're worried about, given the rise in premium costs.


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