A Fairy Tale

Fairytale
by Glenn Fairman  9/13/12

Spinning bedstraw into gold
Diamonds come from common coal
Champagne rivers never cease
Gilded eggs from Magic Geese

Kissing toads can yield a King
Power flows from Gyge’s Ring
Treasure waits at rainbow’s end
Are fantasies that babes pretend

A foolish scholar had a scheme
A science he called Keynesian
It told us we could have our way
And make our sons and daughters pay

The Kings and Burghers shook with Glee
That money could be had for free
To alleviate their fiscal mess
One only needs a printing press

How tragic that our hearts should burn
For Money that we did not earn
A tidal wave we would not see
Drowning freedom’s legacy

By writing checks we cannot pay
Common Sense is led astray
Mortgaging our children’s all
For massive debt we can’t forestall

How tempting to the Mind of Man
To fool himself with futile plans
Our Cinderella’s Tale is spun
It’s Midnight hour, and we are done.
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Glenn Fairman writes from Highland, Ca. He can be reached at arete5000@dslextreme.com.
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4 Responses to A Fairy Tale

  1. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    The Kings and Burghers shook with Glee
    That money could be had for free
    To alleviate their fiscal mess
    One only needs a printing press

    That bit made me laugh.

  2. Glenn — I’m often amazed at how we seem to be arriving at similar conclusions simultaneously. See my newest blog post. http://www.asinglewindow.com

    This was really fun. Thanks. d

  3. Timothy Lane says:

    I remember reading a short piece many years ago that argued that Rumpelstiltskin was actually the sympathetic character in the story. After all, the father was ready to sacrifice his daughter by falsely claiming she could spin straw into gold, and she was perfectly willing later to welsh on her deal with the dwarf. (Incidentally, Esther Friesner had an interesting variation in her superb comic novel Elf Defense, in which the challenge is to guess his Social Security number.)

    I will also note 2 interesting takes on some of the old fairy tales: Stephen Sondheim’s musical Into the Woods and John Moore’s novel Slay and Rescue (in which it turns out that’s Prince Charming’s regular occupation, which is why he shows up in those tales so often).

    But I’m not sure if it’s fair comparing liberalism to fairy tales. The latter at least are entertaining in their way.

  4. Anniel says:

    Wonderful. And that clock is still ticking.

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