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Saturday, July 24, 2010


by Steve Hellyard Swartz

and you’ll soon discover
that there’s an eye on you
money just has this way
of chasing itself
a tiger with a tiger by the tail
money never fails
money always floats
like the dead we cast out to sea
see the money inside the bubbles
black and bubbling
on the surface of every river, lake, ocean
this is what happens, what occurs
if you’re so inclined, it’s there for you to see:
presidents, kings, queens
rabbits and loons
the trillions of frail caskets
bobbing on the waves
the eyes of all
wet inside their graves

Steve Hellyard Swartz is Poet Laureate of Schenectady, NY. He is a frequent contributor to New Verse News. Swartz is a 2011 Pushcart Prize nominee for Poetry. His poems have appeared in The Patterson Review, The Southern Indiana Review, The Kennesaw Review, and online at Best Poem and switched-on gutenberg. He is the winner of a First Place Award given by the Society of Professional Journalists for Excellence in Broadcasting. In 1990, Never Leave Nevada, a movie he wrote and directed, opened at the US Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.