Poems for Capitalists: AE Houseman

The realm of poetry has for centuries skewed towards socialism.  Whitman, Ginsberg, Cummings and Hughes all have threads of socialist values interwoven in their words.  However, capitalists are humans too.  They think and feel and yearn.  So I have taken the liberty of repurposing old poems and making them more friendly to a capitalist.  As you know, if they succeed on their own merit, then they will thrive.

When I Was One and Twenty
Original by AE Houseman

When I was one-and-twenty
I heard a wise man say,
“Take quarters and dollars and pennies
And stick them in your 401k;
Use mutual funds and municipal bonds
And they should have a low fee.”
But I was one-and-twenty,
No use to talk to me.

When I was one-and-twenty
I heard him say again,
“The compounding interest is
the best way for tax-deferred gains;
‘Tis paid through direct deposit
And should be maxed out in your youth.”
Now I am two-and-twenty,
And oh, ’tis true, ’tis true.

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