Poems of the Week

We’re In Dutch Now

by Steven Kent

“Pots of Gold: The World’s Most Expensive House Plants”
The Guardian

Our investment is truly in trouble.
We bought in the midst of a bubble,
And when this goes bust
(As—no question—it must)
We expect all our losses to double.

It’s clear now we’ve no kind of chance
To make profits by breeding these plants.
Should’ve learned from Dutch history:
This market’s a mystery,
Whatever its Old World romance.