I was born for more
than balance sheets and Quattro Pro.
I see trochee couplets
between my income multipliers.
But there's no facile passageway
between financial values and free verse.
I get lost along the way and ponder
double deficits at end-stopped lines.
When I try to decide an appropriate foot
the effectiveness of monetary policy
intrudes. Whatever my stability, I credit
the ability to disguise from the left
what the right hand is up to.
But pieces of this puzzle fail to fit.
Can market equilibrium be better
understood inside iambic? Is Kubla Khan
accessible in simultaneous equations?
It's embarrassing to mention how much
academic tension this is costing.
Is there tenure for a slight econopoet?
Are lesser stanzas written by those
dreamy seekers bitten by the beauty
of analysis and rhyme, who'd rather straddle
fences than remove or mend or bend them?
Jerome L. McElroy
*Accepted Artword Quarterly (Summer 2001).