Stock Market Vertigo


Rands, rupees and roubles
Floated above London
Rotating round the FTSE 100
As the bell tolls for a craft
Drowned by bullion
Sunken down a mine shaft.
Drachmas, dollars and dinars
Roll along Wall Street
Passing the Dow Jones Average
Frozen chagrin
With twin towers toppled
By jihad’s Bin Ladin.
Yuan, yen and Euros
Wobble in global combat
Orbiting the Nikkei Index
While traders wait
For nano-second changes
In today’s exchange rate.
Bankers, brokers, billionaires
Hand out bonuses
Running rings round the FSA
While Brown’s red men
Show the yellow card
At the count of ten.
December 2009