What’s this all about?

There is a desire to be free of these constraints, these ‘merchants’ always doing some kind of deal to their, rather than your, advantage. But it is futile to wish them gone. They are part of our existence. It would be good to put them in their place, though; to redress the balance out of their favour and into our own.

Those three cruel merchants                                                                Time

Where did all those days go,
spiralling into the weeks’ whirlpool,
spiral within spiral
down the months,
the revolving seasons
pouring down
into the lost and wasted years,
sucking out the juice of his life?

The slave-master’s lash
left its cruel welts
like parted lips
in soft, eager flesh,
while he raged,
‘I want to live, I want to live.’

And those three cruel merchants,                                                   money shopping trolley
finity, time and money,
hunched into their conspiracy,
told each other jokes
on every street corner
of every town and city,
in every village pub,
every bar and café,
and their sides cracked
with maniacal laughter,
as the web of wires crackled
with the spit
of their sordid message.
© David Urwin 2014


About jadedmountain

I am a poet, living a rural life in south-west Wales. The purpose of this blog is to publicise my poetry.
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1 Response to What’s this all about?

  1. franca says:

    It’s a very inspired poem. I like it. I remember when you were much younger, a teenager really, so often referring to the absurdity to spend so many hours per day to work to make a living while there was “so much to do, so much to see, places to discover by land and sea” This verse came and still comes to my mind very often. But there isn’t much “time” left now to discover the land and the sea, and the finity limits our lives. Money… well.. another bad merchant! Cheers


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