Money: A poem in four voices

May 20, 2008
By Emerson Brown, Valdosta, GA

Money… the voice of a business economist
Given the increase of our corporate expenditures,
Added to the decrease of the capital-to-labor ratio and multiplied by
The fluctuating currency value and the determinants of supply, our business’
Nominal gross domestic product shows a steady increase at a rate of 3.6 percent,
Exhibiting ideal conditions for our gross investments and the output expenditure model. the voice of a poor Argentinean villager
Pardon me, señor. Would you like to buy a llama wool blanket? Only 5 dinero.
No señor, my maize crop this year was not so good looking. We had to make blankets.
Sì, señor, only 5 dinero. My new daughter Maria es mucha hambre.
Two blankets? Muchas gracias, señor. Muchas gracias. the voice of a suave pickpocket
A simple doorman for the Oasis Hotel is all I am.
A friendly face and smile: “Hello. May I carry your bag ma’am?”
Then, a quick flash of the hand. No better feeling can I find,
Than a stack of bills in my palm. I only charge them a small tip fee
Because I can. the voice of a five-year-old girl
What’s this Daddy? A dollar, huh?
Well, I don’t care if it’s the same as a hundred pennies
‘Cause I still like pennies better. They’re shinier and not wrinkly.
Hey Sally! Got any pennies? I’ll trade ya.

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