Madoff Pays

Written for dVerse Poets Pub – Getting In Shape For Summer (posted by Victoria)-Etheree

The Etheree was developed by Arkansas poet, Etheree Taylor Armstrong in the late 20th Century. Here’s how it works:

An Etheree, based on syllables or words, is a geometric form, ascending from one to ten or inverted from ten to one. You can build as many sequences as you like, reversing the syllable/word count from ten to one (or not).

A
Ponzi
scheme began.
Intelligent
people invested,
hoped to make a fortune.
Retirees gave up all
their life savings to a swindler–
old, callous–who bilked them, unmoved.
He chuckled. Madoff made off with the lot.
Well, remember adage, what goes around
comes around–just desserts as it’s called.
Nepotism ruled his empire.
Sons discovered father’s crime,
lost no time reporting
him for fraud to Feds.
Eleven counts-
felonies.
Bernie
jailed.

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About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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16 Responses to Madoff Pays

  1. Ha! It was clever to use the Etheree’s carefully balanced form to write about a ponzi scheme 🙂 I enjoyed the narrative, and like how you used the Etheree’s natural contrast/equilibrium to tell a story about a villain that begins by describing his crimes, and ends with his just punishment. Balancing the scales… Quite creative!

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  2. Mary says:

    Excellent! This is different subject matter for you, De, and I very much liked it! I was also struck by your wording “what goes around comes around” and this was so true of your poem as well. It begins with one syllable & ends with one, working its way ‘around.’

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  3. How clever is that… a cutting edge of pyramids….

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  4. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    This is such a well crafted etheree 😀

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  5. This form is perfect for that whole idea of Karma. It saddens me to think of those who lost everything, especially retirees. It is scary being so dependent on investments.

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  6. A pyramid scheme inverted symbolically. Well done!

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  7. Etheree like a Ponzi pyramid is sheer genius! That’s my Co-Ho2!

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  8. Grace says:

    I feel sad for those victims specially the retired ones ~ Well karma to those who treat others poorly ~ Enjoyed this one Sara ~

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  9. Anna :o] says:

    Clever write. I feel sorry for the victims too. How trusting we are at times.
    Anna :o]

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  10. SMiLes..
    pyraMids oF
    MoneY noW
    FaLL To duSt
    noThing lefT
    oF
    Love
    butt moneY..;)

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  11. Gives rise to interesting speculation on his relationship with his sons, too. Probably no better at family relations than social and business relations.

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