Sonny Rainshine


21st Century Rant - Poem by Sonny Rainshine

Growth! Progress! Expansion!
Then downsize it all when it gets too bloated,
and if that doesn’t work,
lower the borrowing rates
so that the downsized people
can get become Better Consumers
and get deeper in debt.

Encourage the poor
to buy that home with the white picket fence,
even though they can barely make ends meet,
then who will be the one
to tell them that the payments are too high
and foreclosure is the only answer?
Can we at least keep the white picket fence?
they ask.

I suppose there was a time
when people went shopping
only when they needed to buy
bread and things to live on;
When did it become
a citizen’s duty
to keep the economy afloat
while filling our homes
with worthless junk,
all bought on credit?

The time has come
to pause.....


Comments about 21st Century Rant by Sonny Rainshine

  • (10/4/2008 11:09:00 AM)


    Absolute truth my friend >I rather think the bubble has burst. Perhaps we can return to true values once again (Report) Reply

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  • (5/15/2008 11:02:00 AM)


    I have a suspicion that we're pausing, ever so slightly. And that pause will continue to expand, because economic conditions will force the pause, sooner or later. (Report) Reply

  • Paul Butters (4/27/2008 9:35:00 AM)


    ...and see the new postings on poemhunter. (!) Thanks for seeing my stuff and commenting kindly. Am taking a pause myself - on long term sick - and feel better for it. Yes your words are so true, and skilfully woven. Best wishes. Paul. (Report) Reply

  • (11/16/2007 5:03:00 PM)


    Hit the construction nail right on the head....
    Kathleen Foster
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  • (11/11/2007 11:25:00 AM)


    GREAT PIECE OF POETIC WISDOM, WHAT REALLY MATTERS? THAT'S THE QUESTION THAT THIS POEM PUTS FORWARD..IS IT REALLY OUR MATERIAL URGES THAT DRIVE US OR IS THERE SOMETHING FAR GREATER WORTH LIVING FOR
    TAKE CARE SONNY
    Llove duncan X
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  • (11/11/2007 11:13:00 AM)


    Thanks a lot - made me rethink on my plan for a house - and thanks for your comment (Report) Reply

  • (11/6/2007 8:59:00 AM)


    I agree. Huge boxes of fake Christmas trees, (lights already on them just plug in)
    displayed before Halloween to remind us of our duty to keep pushing the economy uphill. Thank goodnes we have a place to rant. All yelling in an aisle a COSTCO will get you is an escort by SECURITY. Thanks for reviewing 'No Mandatory Rhymes...'
    (Report) Reply

  • (11/3/2007 7:29:00 AM)


    I think a very big pause as well. Thank you for saying it Will, we are all at the mercy of the Globa Corporations. Well written well said. Bob Blackwell (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, November 2, 2007

Poem Edited: Thursday, April 21, 2011


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