Is It True That The Devil Wears Prada? Poem by Fabrizio Frosini

Is It True That The Devil Wears Prada?

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Notwithstanding the obvious and comforting
Exceptions (exceptions die hard, don't they?)
The tycoons of luxury are not so different from
Those operating in any other market segment.

In the globalized economy, where the smart ones learn
Quickly how to circumvent the rules (if any) , that products
Are weapons or food, health or human flesh, matters little:
The selfish pursuit of profit substantially always wins.

All of them live in the enchanted but fake world of
Finance -a world where profits often come through the
Suffering/ needs/ weaknesses of other living beings and
No question is raised about those who are forced to sell
Their labor (or even themselves) just to survive.

What matters is the growth of wealth of a tiny
Minority. Everything else is an annoying surplus of
Little -if any- relevance.

Therefore goose feathers -torn off of the living flesh-
Fill luxury duvets, packaged at little money where
It's more convenient; then resold at thousands
US dollars/ Euros/ British pounds/ Swiss francs.

It is through it, also, that numbered accounts at offshore
Havens multiply. After all, are not these ones
Worth much more than any other supposed
Paradise?

Is It True That The Devil Wears Prada?
Saturday, April 4, 2015
Topic(s) of this poem: greed
POET'S NOTES ABOUT THE POEM
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This is the English adaptation from my Italian text 'E' davvero il diavolo che veste Prada? '
Fabrizio Frosini
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Footnote: 'Just 85 billionaires have as much wealth as the poorest half of our planet - wealth they too often use to buy politicians and capture our democracies to keep the whole system going in their favour'
[from an 'Avaaz' statement]

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COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Pamela Sinicrope 25 January 2016

Your poem about greed, aptly points out how the wealthiest 1% get richer at the cost/expense of the bottom percentages. There is a widening divide in our world economy where the super rich get richer and the poor remain poor if not poorer than before. The intersection of these two groups occurs often in manufacturing, where they are working for a pittance to make money for the rich. You write: /'No question is raised about those who are forced to sell/ Their labor (or even themselves) just to survive./' But this poem and the Oxfam report does just that...it raises these questions and forces all of us to contemplate the state of the human race and our place in it. Does the Devil Really Wear Prada? He could. He might.

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Fabrizio Frosini 26 January 2016

''..this poem and the Oxfam report does just that...it raises these questions and forces all of us to contemplate the state of the human race and our place in it.'' thank you, dear Pam. This is exactly what I wanted to get..

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Jeremy Horsford 09 May 2015

Very interesting read. A question which I am sure the world will respond to positively.

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Fabrizio Frosini 09 May 2015

thank you Jeremy

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Roseann Shawiak 09 April 2015

Wow! You are an amazingly brilliant man, Fabrizio. You are able to put things into perspective so succinctly and truthfully, I love your poetry! ! You tell it like it is, and with such eloquence! ! Your imagery is superb, rhythm flows throughout your poem. Thank you for sharing, I thoroughly enjoyed reading your poem. RoseAnn

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Fabrizio Frosini 09 April 2015

thank you heartily, dear RoseAnn.. I'm glad to know that you appreciate my poem. As a simple person who loves poetry, I'm so pleased to read such a beautiful comment! A friendly hug from Italy

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