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Sunday, September 16, 2012


by Charles Albert

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Perhaps the crash of twenty-nine

came from a trickling up the line

of laborers who sent their cash

to Wall Street, turning in their stash

from the mattress or the coffee tin.
Investing with the richest men

in hopes they'd pay back even more

was just a pipe-dream of the poor.

The proof was something of a joke:

only the rich did not go broke.

Charles Albert is a writer and small business owner living in San Jose, California. He has previously published poems and stories in a few small journals and websites, including the Rockhurst Review, Words on a Wire, and NSS. His latest chapbook, Essentialism, is now available at