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12/24/98
Christmas at the Fool

John Tesh was a recent guest on the Motley Fool Radio Show and recited this poem on air. Click here to hear a RealAudio recording.

'Twas a Wise Day on Wall Street

by Todd Etter (TMF Knave)

'Twas a Wise day on Wall Street, and all through the land
Not a broker was frowning, their vacations planned;
The orders were filled on the floor without care
In hopes that their clients would remain unaware.

The traders were nestled all smug from their spreads
While visions of ticker signs scrolled in their heads
And fund managers, too, with money to burn
Had just settled down for a long winter's churn.

When down on the floor there arose such a clatter
Trading was halted to see what was the matter
When what to their wondering eyes should appear
But a motley young man clad in colorful gear

With a little belled cap, so festive and cool
They knew in a moment it must be The Fool.
More rapid than Buffett, had grown his acclaim
And his stocks, he shouted and called them by name

"Now LUCENT, now IOMEGA, now ol' AMAZON
On AOL, on STARBUCKS, on mighty EXXON
To the top of the world! May your price never fall!
Now double your way, double your way, double your way all!

He was dressed in tights, from his chest to his shoe
And his clothes were so festive: red, green, and blue
A 3-belled cap he had placed on his head
And he would not stop 'til ignorance was dead

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work
The Wise men laughed and called him a jerk.
But with a magical nod all became clear.
They were losing to the market year after year.

Mutual funds were dying, momentum had slowed
For who would accept a 5 percent load?
The Fool danced with the joy of spry little elves.
"People don't need gurus, they can do it themselves."

He sprang to his feet, and bid farewell,
His message was true, that was easy to tell.
And they heard him exclaim, 'ere he rode out of sight
"FOOLISHNESS TO ALL, AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT!"

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