Gains & Losses
The Cruelest Month
after Theodore Roethke

I know the dolor
of unappreciated assets,
lament of losses
never to be offset by gains.
Failed eros of early withdrawals
and unexercised options,
the limitations of the passive;
they shall inherit the earth.
Pathos of safe harbors,
the angst of puts and calls,
and that often phased-out
credit called Hope.

Copyright 2009,  Jeanne Wagner

Jeanne Wagner's poems currently appear in Spoon RiverSmartish PaceThe South Carolina Review,  and New Millennium.  She is the author of five poetry collections, and is a tax accountant by profession.

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