The Economy in 17 Syllables

As we near the end of National Poetry Month, a few of us thought we'd live up to the Shakespearean origins of "Motley Fool." Without much more ado about nothing, here are our best shots at some financial haikus (be kind, we're hobbyists):

By Matt Koppenheffer:

The Swine Flew
Confidence is king
Banks' balance sheets are just fine
Oh, look, pigs can fly

The Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS  ) Shimmy
Goldman Sachs defies
Trading destroyed estimates
How do I sign up?

By Alex Scherer:

Who isn't to blame?
Populism reigns
Frenzied public soon will blame
Tim Geithner's mother

By Anand Chokkavelu:

A Rotten Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL  )
I gave my teacher
A share of Apple today
She prefers produce

A Golden Delicious Apple
I gave my teacher
A share of Apple today
Best perk of the Jobs

By Keith Beverly:

First-Class Flight to the Poor House
Rich CEOs fly
Private jets to ask for funds
Could you be that dumb

Can Geithner Save the Day?
Economic woes
Even humble Goldman Sachs
Geithner must save us

By John Rosevear:

Beating a Dead Ford (NYSE: F  ) ?
Rusty old Mustang
Can Alan get it running?
If not: The crusher.

By Chris Jones:

Enigma Machines
Explain to me please
Why our best and brightest minds
Make derivatives
 
Overqualified
Someone who can claim
An IQ of one-forty
Is above Wall Street 

The Big Fix
We're in a big fix
How do you fix the big fix?
It takes a big fix

By Rich Smith:

Apple buy the numbers
Price-to-free-cash flow
That's my name (don't wear it out)
Apple scores a 10.

By Rick Munarriz:

Time to Be Sirius XM Radio (Nasdaq: SIRI  )
Let's get Sirius
That is what all the bears say
So do subscribers

Love Potion Number Research In Motion (Nasdaq: RIMM  )
Smartphones are not dumb
When it's BlackBerry season
So ripe yet so cheap

By Brian Orelli:

For Richer or Poorer
Rule-breaking biotechs
I love your growth potential
Wish you had more cash

By Chuck Saletta:

After the Bailouts
The U.S. Dollar
Will collapse under the weight
Of the printing press

In Honor of Tax Day
When was the last time
A person with no money
Offered you a job?

U.S. Treasury Bonds
Why would you invest
In things that Warren Buffett
Warned were big bubbles?

By Anders Bylund:

Portfolio Maintenance
Spring forward -- fall back;
Eternal readjustment.
Fall forward ... spring back!

Slow Evolution of AMD (NYSE: AMD  )
AMD, my dear;
Skeptics swarm: "Failing. Dying!"
The best still to come.

By Tim Beyers:

Portfolio Meltdown
Stupid recession
Killing my portfolio.
Please go away. Soon.

These were our best shots. Do you have a better haiku? Show us in the comments section below!

This haiku collection was compiled by Anand Chokkavelu, who once was a man from Nantucket. He owns shares of Apple and Sirius XM. Apple is a Motley Fool Stock Advisor pick. The Fool has a disclosure policy.


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