Sunday, 29 September 2019 20:52

National Poetry Day: Futures in Finance

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in Poetry
by Peter Kennard

Futures in Finance

by Steve Griffiths

Shapes occur in this game
with no guiding hand to form them -
new behaviours and patterns
that morph and self-replicate.
Something’s knitting on its own:
simple action into unpredictable
complexity, breeding an impetus
more powerful than anything
you could intend.

The ripple has its end
beyond imagined competence;
where unrestrained
the market’s every variable
multiplies accident,
homelessness, mortality
premature, humiliated,
power concentrated
in the random hand,
responsibility diminished
among levers where things
grow collateral:
we obey, conform, condemn
where the personal
bond is broken,
go with the flow
to the new new.

With most of us outliers
then the centre should not hold –
but if we’re marginal
to the journey of the complex
instruments, what then
in the remote zones of cold
where everyone’s bewildered,
democracy unfit
for the hard-faced purpose,
a skill through a failing of our own
snatched from us?

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Steve Griffiths

Steve Griffiths spent his working life in welfare rights, community work and researching and campaigning on health and social policy, from neighbourhood to national scale. 


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