In Which Jacob Marley Files An Addendum

My admonition to my erstwhile business partner,

Delivered in stentorian tones, augmented by gnarled, bony finger

And a cacophony of implements of imprisonment,

Was, in truth, primarily theatrical in nature.

Indeed, what leviathan of finance, what learned philosopher,

What nimble-minded barrister or incumbent of a bishopric

Can say precisely at what point mankind begins and his commerce ends?

If I was not a wise steward of the currency,

If I did not act in a manner to assure a strong and stable rate of return

For the honest investor, instead letting pound and penny fluctuate

Like the waves on the great open Atlantic in a November maelstrom,

Then how many, great and small, would be washed away

As though they were lemmings by the great tide of fiscal panic?

 

Perhaps the rationale for my caution to the good Ebenezer

Can be called into question, but none can doubt its effect;

His deeds were lauded, the man celebrated in story and song,

Although whether that reflected a true change of heart

Or simply the speculative seeking of indulgences

Was never subject to any degree of scrutiny;

Yet I—who, to be fair, played more than a trifling part

In his reclamation and illumination—remain fully encumbered

With a hodgepodge of iron and ignominy for no other reason

Than a minor disparity in our timing, that minute degree of light

Which divides white from gray, and, as such, I can do no more

Than ruefully note how problematic is this business of rehabilitation

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9 thoughts on “In Which Jacob Marley Files An Addendum

  1. Although whether that reflected a true change of heart
    Or simply the speculative seeking of indulgences
    Was never subject to any degree of scrutiny;

    Ha! Quite enjoyable, this addendum of Marley’s. 🙂

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