When Money is Scarce

When the Money is Scarce
When the Money is Scarce

When Money is Scarce


A nose to smell new business affairs

to find new soldiers to paint out our lives

and use dollar bills to wipe out our eyes

when saving pennies absorbs all our cares.

With every hand on deck to survive

where monetary gain sifts through like sand

an open ear, a quick eye, “nimble hand”

this is a time the unjust man could thrive.

To steal away from Father with his cash

this dishonesty constant profession

even the Gods are out to connive us.

Its only your fault if the markets crash

only one chance to leave good impression

the ones who don’t know wheel start all the fuss.


So where can someone find an honest plan

as communities feel their casualties

especially the needs of families

all unjust business scolds the working man.

“Upper Tier Profiteer Untouchable”

whose jaws are closing with you underneath

a great person to dig some gold from teeth

so soon our cares become profitable.

They are the rich and handsome rulers here

thank goodness they are not such simple men

our business is one of cash.

They realize their foundations are fear

when there is hardly time for sigh or grin

and speeding around they wait for the crash.


All treasure goes to those who know Earths good

these treasures do not go to ones who search

a person with hammer builds a new church

some gardeners down the street grow own food.

Just take opportunity for success

to save the lowly when others would scoff

so everyone acts blessed and well off

everyone will mind their own business.

To live in world as peasant or a clown

when all the plain and boring folk go

the world will question all its lost labor.

Instead bring a toy to make child lose frown

then tell us hair of gold is not just ego

when those who waste dare not be a neighbor.

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My name is Jamie Lee Hamann and I have a passion for writing short fiction and poetry. I started writing for TCE around 2015 and since then I have finished seven collections of poetry and plans for more. I currently live in Lemmon Valley NV with my family. If you desire to find my other work on the internet feel free to stop by my website simplepoetics.weebly.com. The website offers articles on poetry, poems, and links to all my other writing.

4 thoughts on “When Money is Scarce

  • March 7, 2022 at 9:59 PM

    You have experience the scarcity of money to know what it is like and appreciate what you have. Excellent poetry as always, Jamie.

  • March 7, 2022 at 11:53 PM

    Well done, Jamie. A scarcity of money is a very common thing among ordinary people. One learns to be frugal and save pennies when money is tight. Great poetry.

  • March 9, 2022 at 4:30 PM

    “With every hand on deck to survive”…Yes, the working class has to roll up their sleeves and get extra, extra busy…while the Profiteer is Untouchable through it all. Line by line…you pegged it in this Poem. Thoughtful Poem illustrating that which never gets said out loud. The ones that make the rules and the money get by just fine, every time and all the time: “When Money is Scarce!” Well done. An excellent read.


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