Poems of the Week

Hefty Sum Of Cash

by Mike Mesterton-Gibbons

“World’s biggest yacht stranded as Dutch city turns on Jeff Bezos,
upending plan to dismantle iconic [Hef] bridge”
The Age

Humongous wealth lets Bezos have his way
Except in Rotterdam, where going Dutch
Fragments the heft of anyone who’d pay
The bill in full. If you can spare that much,
You shouldn’t flaunt it, lower than the sea,
Since being only average—good enough—
Unites the Dutch. Here no man’s thought to be
More suited by his wealth to strut his stuff
Or build a lavish triple-masted yacht
Far higher than the Hef’s iconic span
Can fit above, then hustle—since he’s got
A Hefty sum of cash—to let this man
Sail past a part-dismantled Hef … Now Jeff
Has learned his grade for civics—it’s an F!