The reason why
your belly hurts
is simple maths.
Some people chose
to act somewhat
"Let us eat baked Scottish salmon with seashore vegetables
and broad beans and a herby garden salad and some mayonnaise
and wild garlic-scented Irish soda bread."
They broke the rules
of banks and bonds;
they took some risks.
"For those without the will to battle flesh, we've Childwickbury
goatcheese with roast shallots alongside the beans
and bread and leaf, mayonnaise withheld."
They had a dream:
to be as rich
as football stars.
The plastic pull
of credit lines -
a siren's song.
"The slow-roasted shoulder of Welsh lamb comes with first
of the season Jersey Royals, newforced asparagus and wild
St George mushrooms; mint sauce and gravy to pour."
A trust in bricks
and mortgage loans -
a stranger's kiss.
"Again, lovage & potato dumplings are available for those who prefer
their lamb to eat the mint, rather than be garnished by it.
Hot bakewell tart and home-made custard to conclude."
No time to waste!
A penny saved,
a trinket missed.
The simple maths
of belly pain:
no money left.