Financial Poetry in Motion

The Motley Fool has a long poetic tradition. Not only do we take our name from a passage in William Shakespeare's As You Like It, but actual poetry often graces our pixelated pages. My dear editors let me infuse the prose with verse anytime in April, but less often the rest of the year.

And so it is with a heavy heart that I bid good night to this year's National Poetry Month. Let's do it in style. To send this year's April gently into that good night, I've gathered financial poems from some of your favorite Fools. Enjoy the ride, and don't forget that there's an investing twist to every verse:

Dan Radovsky, tele-commentator, dog walker
In this perfectly formed limerick, Dan underlines how Wall Street analysts and media personalities don't really want us to track their mistakes -- just focus on our good calls, please! Here at the Fool, we play by different rules, so you can Moneyball your favorite Foolish advisors.

An investor there was from The Street.
When he won he would surely bleat.
But when his stocks went bust
And his wealth turned to dust,
He was always much more discreet.

Anders Bylund, tech-sector analyst and Foolish poetry enthusiast
What happens when you mix tech stocks and haiku verse? In this case, you get investing angles on 3-D Systems and MAKO Surgical:

3-D Systems pops
printed items off the page;
print wrench, turn the screw.

Already good for
industry, consumers next
;
not science fiction.

Need new knees? Robot
surgeons from MAKO reduce
pain and suffering
.

Hip replacements next;
perfect timing to ride the
Baby boomer wave.

Tom Jacobs, lead advisor of Motley Fool Special Ops
In this epic, Tom touches on several of the unique investing strategies in his bag of Special Ops tricks.

The 12 Days of Stocksmas

by St. Jacobs

(If every day is Children's Day for kids, then every day is Stocksmas for investors at The Motley Fool!)

On the first day of Stocksmas, my true Fool gave to me
(a West-Coast bottom-fishing shopping mall REIT, Retail Opportunity Investments Corp. (Nasdaq: ROIC  ) , also known as)
R-O-I-C!

On the second day of Stocksmas, my true Fool gave to me
Malls on the ropes for
R-O-I-C!

On the third day of Stocksmas, my true Fool gave to me
A CEO who knows to pay value prices for
Malls on the ropes at
R-O-I-C!

On the fourth day of Stocksmas, my true Fool gave to me
Increasing rents to investors in the
CEO who knows to pay value prices for
Malls on the ropes at
R-O-I-C!

On the fifth day of Stocksmas, my true Fool gave to me
Plus higher REIT dividend yields from
Increasing rents for investors in the
CEO who knows to pay value prices for
Malls on the ropes at
R-O-I-C!

On the sixth day of Stocksmas, my true Fool gave to me
EnergySolutions with nuclear cleanup ablutions
Plus higher REIT dividend yields from
Increasing rents for investors in the
CEO who knows to pay value prices for
Malls on the ropes at
R-O-I-C!

On the seventh day of Stocksmas, my true Fool gave to me
EnergySolutions with nuclear cleanup ablutions
And a moat of cleanup solutions
Plus higher REIT dividend yields from
Increasing rents for investors in the
CEO who knows to pay value prices for
Malls on the ropes at
R-O-I-C!

On the eighth day of Stocksmas, my true Fool gave to me
EnergySolutions with nuclear cleanup ablutions
And a moat of cleanup solutions
With much upside ahead
Plus higher REIT dividend yields from
Increasing rents for investors in the
CEO who knows to pay value prices for
Malls on the ropes at
R-O-I-C!

On the ninth day of Stocksmas, my true Fool gave to me
Two long-term natural gas winners
EnergySolutions with nuclear cleanup ablutions
And a moat of clean up solutions
With much upside ahead
Plus higher REIT dividend yields from
Increasing rents for investors in the
CEO who knows to pay value prices for
Malls on the ropes at
R-O-I-C!

On the 10th day of Stocksmas, my true Fool gave to me
Two long-term natural gas winners
Double Eagle Petroleum and Ultra Petroleum  
EnergySolutions with nuclear cleanup ablutions
And a moat of cleanup solutions
With much upside ahead
Plus higher REIT dividend yields and profits from
Increasing rents for investors in the
CEO who knows to pay value prices for
Malls on the ropes at
R-O-I-C!

On the 11th day of Stocksmas, my true Fool gave to me
Some shorts: Goodyear and Energizer
Two long-term natural gas winners
Double Eagle Petroleum and Ultra Petroleum
EnergySolutions with nuclear cleanup ablutions
And a moat of cleanup solutions
With much upside ahead
Plus higher REIT dividend yields and profits from
Increasing rents for investors in the
CEO who knows to pay value prices for
Malls on the ropes at
R-O-I-C!

On the 12th day of Stocksmas, my true Fool gave to me
ALL THE JOYS OF FOOLDOM!
Some shorts: Goodyear and Energizer
Two long-term natural gas winners
Double Eagle Petroleum and Ultra Petroleum
EnergySolutions with nuclear cleanup ablutions
And a moat of cleanup solutions
With much upside ahead
Plus higher REIT dividend yields and profits from
Increasing rents for investors in the
CEO who knows to pay value prices for
Malls on the ropes at
R-O-I-C!

Happy Stocksmas everybody!

And that's where we go back to regular prose for another 11 months. See you again next April, Foolish poetry fans!

Tom Jacobs is Lead Advisor of Motley Fool Special Ops, a special situations and opportunistic service. Special thanks to Stock Advisor Associate Advisor Alex Scherer (TMFEnochRoot) for the R-O-I-C last line winner! You can email Tom at tjacobs@fool.com, follow him Twitter @TomJacobsInvest, and stalk him in Marfa, Texas.

Fool contributor Anders Bylund owns shares in ROIC but holds no other position in any of the companies mentioned. Check out Anders' holdings and bio, or follow him on Twitter and Google+. The Motley Fool owns shares of Ultra Petroleum, Retail Opportunity Investments, EnergySolutions, 3-D Systems, MAKO Surgical, and Double Eagle Petroleum. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of Energizer Holdings, 3-D Systems, Ultra Petroleum, MAKO Surgical, and Retail Opportunity Investments. The Motley Fool has a  disclosure policy.

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