Thursday, July 16, 2009

Money

No time to post about food today. It's been a busy week with much of it devoted to food, and some of it devoted to photography - but not the making of extraordinary dishes, and not the taking of pictures. I've decided that it's actually time to learn more about photoshop, so I am actually spending time with the book I bought, trying to learn something about this monster of a program. I have assisted others in the preparation of extraordinary meals, and have benefited from having amazing leftovers. In other words, it's been one of those summer weeks.....

What do you do in the summer, when you're not turning out quick, fresh summery meals?

I wake up to the news each morning. These days the news has to do with the economy, with money and how it, or the lack of it, has been affecting people's lives. It has been such a drumbeat of fear, scarcity and gloom, that I find myself drifting back to sleep instead of listening to it. We, as a species, managed to survive the Great Depression. I suspect that we will also survive this thing - whatever it's being called these days. To that end I offer you, dear reader, this poem by John Updike, entitled "Money":

Money

by John Updike

Money is such a treat.
It takes up so little space.
It takes no more ink
for the bank to print $9,998
than to print $1,001.
It flows, electronically;
it does not gather dust.
Like water, it (dis)solves everything.
Oceanic, it is yet as lucid
as a mountain pool; the depositor
can see clear to the sandy bottom.
It is ubiquitous and under pressure, yet
pennies don't drip from faucets.
Money is so tidy, so neat.

It is freedom in action: when you
give a twenty-buck bill to the cabbie,
you don't tell him how to spend it.
He can blow it on coke,
for all you care. All you care
about is your change. No wonder
the ex-Communists are dizzy. In
the old Soviet Union
there was nothing to buy,
nothing to spend. It was freedom
of a kind, but not our kind. We need
money, the dull electric thrill
when the automatic teller spits out
the disposable receipt.

7 comments:

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Love Updike! Really a gentleman too.

Ha, I'm just trying to stay cool this Dallas summer.
I know I should study photoshop ... and haven't.

Penny said...

Enjoyed the Updike. This is the last summer for renovations on the cottage so I am kind of looking forward to next summer when I can actually sit on my porch and read and not feel guilty about avoiding projects. Cooking is my down time for now.

toni said...

Tanna - I love the expression "I'm tired of being 'should upon'."

Penny - Ah yes...the dream of sitting on a porch and reading... I've had that one for years. But somehow, there's always something that tears me away from the book... Hope you fare better!

glamah16 said...

Hope you are having a great summer and cant wait to see the results of your photo research/study.

Bill Medifast said...

Such a nice poem. The economy can be hard and the summer months can be busy. Thanks for a post non the less. Loved it.

Owyn said...

Thank you for sharing your voice! This is absolutely beautiful.

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