on cash

I'll buy you a meal
but I won't just give money
you said you're hungry

~

n.b. Talk me through that again. Hungry means ‘food’ right?

A young man, in a desperate condition, scarred, nervous, tired and dirty asked for a dollar for food. I said I’d get him some food, (we were stood outside a hamburger joint). I checked what he fancied, but when I came out there was no sign of him.

A middle-aged woman leaning on a walking cane, asked me for help getting some food. I explained the situation and she was grateful for the meal and drink I had carried out for the boy, who called himself William.

CLP 26/09/2022

on money

after the ball game
guitar case for donations
musicians on tour
after the music
man tells story of hunger
daily occurrence

~

n.b. Money is a big issue. A replica team baseball shirt on sale for $345 in the Team Store; on the street a guy needs $15 to eat.

The team motif is the cherry blossoms of spring, obvious to the passing motorist. Under the shade of trees, homeless men and women shelter, passing motorists oblivious.

Don’t think I don’t know this isn’t just a USA situation, I come from the UK.

CLP 18/09/2022

on time

imagination
money, muscle, spades, shovels
passing fantasy

~

n.b. The network of canals linking England’s industrial towns are a testament to human endeavour. The time, capital and effort required to engineer them is staggering to contemplate.

The experience of the navigators in constructing these soon redundant waterways, was more efficiently deployed in building the infinitely more complex railway system.

Travelling along these sinuous navigations, even for a few days, cannot fail to provoke wonder at the folly of mankind, prepared as he is to reshape nature herself in pursuit of commercial gain; a path that is inexorably still followed today.

~

CLP 03/06/2022

on time / on Ukraine xxi

cash our currency
while you pay in cold blood
too little too late?

~

n.b. We do what we can, but this is the only way we know how. Is it enough?

CLP 27/03/2022

on time

hours spent at a desk
because the balance between
pay and life is wrong

~

CLP 25/12/2021

on payday

all those hours used up
while outside weather happens
meaningless tokens

n.b. Herzberg was right, hygiene factors, such as the work environment and pay, are nothing more than satisficers. I look at my salary statement and think, I am giving up living for this, just so I can afford to live?

~

CLP 20/11/2021

on London

taxing the low paid
while laundering millions
tennis with BoJo

~

n.b. It’s wrong. London’s financial machinery is central to money laundering crime world-wide. See the Pandora Papers for more.

CLP 05/10/2021

on Switzerland vi

constant spinning web
silk threads entangle us all
we await spider

~

n.b. Mountains shown are in France…national borders are just lines on maps after all, or mountains, or rivers, or wastelands, or shores.

CLP 28/09/2021

on Switzerland v

what defines our worth?
our place in society?
is it just money?

~

CLP 28/09/2021

On Money

What is it you need?

A ajunge acasa

Here is your ticket

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n.b. Romanian for “To get home”

Yesterday a friend sought help from family and acquaintances to find out what ailed a young, homeless man.

He had travelled in hope of work to Switzerland, having paid an agent to get him there. He was stranded, hungry, cold and wet.

One of her friends spoke Romanian better than he spoke English. They spoke on the telephone.

When his needs were understood, my friend took him to a café for a meal, bought him a ticket home online and funded him to buy his own food for the journey (including some Swiss chocolate to take back to his wife).

Simply giving cash would have been quicker and easier, but does handing out coins and notes alone change anything?

Can we lift ourselves above personal day-to-day concerns and see, hear and help those with more urgent needs?

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CLP 22/10/2019