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    1. Now, that is an apt haiku – good one.

      Yes, sometimes one gets the feeling that god-men (men who act as gods) and politicians (men who think they are already gods) seem to fill the news media with their antics.

      Thank you for your contribution 🙂
      Eric

  1. These words superimposed on an image of three iconic structures Singapore confused me. Is there a connection? Is this a lament about the state’s greed??

    1. By “state” if you meant the political leadership – yes. The self-serving greed has become unfathomable. Foreign on-lookers are so mesmerized by the glitzy skyline, controlled news from compliant mass media and affliction from elephant syndrome – they don’t see the rot at the top.

      Some quarters believe a change ala-Malaysia is overdue.

      We shall see…

      1. Hmmm. But one does wonder where that change can come from? Within the party? Coz there is no Opposition. Every few years there are talks of a strong Opposition, which eventually fizzles out. But, of course, my view is that of a foreigner.

    1. Yes, isn’t it

      Greed takes many forms and has become all pervasive.

      Perhaps it has been the case since time immemorial but we like to romanticize that it was less so in the “old days”.

      The advent of the internet and prevalence of millions of platforms to purvey “news” – mostly negative as that’s what attract eyeballs – brings the sludge to the surface.

      Plus – and this is important – there are so many more schemes and means to fleece the systems. And in many cases, the systems themselves are set up with the primary purpose to fleece the flock.

      Peace,
      Eric

      Schemes and means to fleece
      Opportunities abound
      Snakes swallowing tails

      Haiku: Copyright @ Eric Alagan, 2018

      1. You are so very right, Shalilah.

        I know that having been on the receiving end, you speak from experience.

        I do too. Sigh!

        But peace to those people and peace to ourselves,
        Eric

    1. Hello Michelle,

      Interesting but I have not thought of describing greed as an ugly word. But now that you mentioned it – it is so very true.

      Thank you, my dear, I really appreciate that,
      Eric

      Beauty in love, peace
      Thoughts, actions decide choices
      Mixed barrel of words

      Haiku Copyright @ Eric Alagan, 2018

    1. Hello Sarah,

      Pity indeed, but I reckon readers can see the hidden word.

      Cheers!
      Eric

      Restricted by form
      But message must get across
      Read the hidden word 🙂

      Haiku Copyright @ Eric Alagan, 2018

  2. My Dear Friend,

    Yes, I have been rather absent of late but over time, I need to return to words that speak to me and thus do I access your wonderful site. Thank you.

    Yes, ’tis true, the ‘integrity’ of what you say. Pathetic, isn’t it?

    Mere cogs in the grand gears of greed, upright folk who mean well and live decent lives, interrupted and disturbed by corporate maggots who deign to consume what meager funds are left in our dwindling accounts. 401’s? Nest eggs? IRA’s? Forget about it. ‘They’ have figured out ways to wring every last Lincoln out of our wallets.

    The greed factor, the tarnished visage of our current orangutan-in-chief, the supreme Idiot who resides in his oh-so-white citadel, issuing utter nonsense, dictating to his agitated and ill-informed underlings garbled words that hold no truths or substance but, in a world mad with what is instant, what remains current as currency, can only plunge us–and the world–into utter oblivion, a maelstrom of malfeasance that threatens our precious planet.

    Thank you, Eric, for yet another poignant poem, one that I do hope resonates for other souls who perhaps feel hopelessly lost in a world gone mad.

    Only your clarion call of what really transpires on this spinning blue orb can hold a glimpse of meaning for folk long accustomed to ignorant and imbecilic suits who hold our future in their perfectly manicured white hands.

    Take care, my friend. Good to be back. There comes a time when no-holds-barred action must come to the fore. Is…is it that time?…

    with warmest wishes,
    Paul

    1. Dear Paul, my friend,

      I have been remiss for not responding to your comment sooner (here and also to your recent blog post) and plead two reasons – this past week had been busier than usual and the gravity of your comment required careful consideration. I hope my poor attempt in reply at least scratches the surface of your argument.

      There are many people ready to ridicule others as belonging to the “conspiracy theorists of the UFO fringe” – such is the pervasive power of the puppeteers. But one cannot help but discern a pattern that keeps the vast ocean of humanity trapped.

      When a workman has to slog a whole month just to earn enough to make ends meet and another (a sharp suited type) sitting in a glass tower and with a few deft clicks makes hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars in a day – there must be a systemic flaw. And yet the outputs of both the workman and blue suit are captured together and trumpeted as economic performance. The numbers look good, statistics are seductive, and those who disagree are labelled as losers and conspiracy theorists.

      Greed is so pervasive, it has become normal – so much so that when a cop buys shoes for a homeless man – it is news. It should be normal to help a fellow man – but it becomes news. The root word is “new”. Since when did helping a fellow man considered “new”?

      I can go on but will stop here.

      One thing I believe in – God will never burden us with a load we cannot bear.

      Peace, my friend, and I hope and pray the turn in the path ahead leads to better things.
      Eric
      P/s: I notice that you’ve since removed your most recent blog post of a few days ago.

      Water gets warmer
      The partying continues
      Is something cooking?

      Haiku Copyright @ Eric Alagan, 2018

    1. Hello Lauren,

      Thank you for your visit and comment.

      Sad, isn’t it. The apathy of the majority and the unfettered greed of the minority continue to take everyone down the slope.

      Peace,
      Eric

      Sea of flame swoops down
      Mansions and huts in the way
      Legacy of dust

      Haiku Copyright @ Eric Alagan, 2018

  3. I had a good laugh when you place the picture of Marina Bsy Sands to complement your subject of greed. So appropriate, both the organizers and the visitors – all for the same purpose and the reason why such businesses flourished. While some pay a high price for their greed, there are those whose weath multiplies but we wonder for how long.

    On the forefront is the Merlion where we have the continuous flow of water, or wealth which the Chinese likes to interprete. Hopefully that should be our reminder to contribute and serve freely.

    1. Hello Windy,

      Glad to have given you a laugh. The Marina Bay casino symbolises greed, does it not. People know the house will ultimately win but they continue to flock to the place in the belief that the swinging blade will miss them.

      The 3 buildings remind me of three tombstones and some say Singapore has been going downhill since the casinos started operation. Anyone who cares to look deep and beyond the glitz of the skyline will notice the rot underneath.

      And as for the flowing water and wealth – notice how the water flows OUT of Singapore and not IN. I don’t see how that symbolises good luck for Singapore.

      Cheers!
      Eric

      Bright lights, slanted news
      Shamans and snake charmers rule
      Voters mesmerized

      Haiku Copyright @ Eric Alagan, 2018

    1. Hello Ina,

      Thank you and you’re right – integrity and honesty especially among political leaders are rare attributes.

      Have a great weekend ahead,
      Eric

      Vote for the image
      Pretty faces, glib tongues win
      Treasury raided

      Haiku Copyright @ Eric Alagan, 2018

    1. Hello Jane dear 🙂

      Yes, to connect with oneself and hear one’s inner voice is a gift and an art; quite difficult for most as shiny objects and noisy sound bites are powerful distractions.

      Peace,
      Eric

      Candy and ice cream
      Permanent phase for many
      Evolution stopped

      Haiku Copyright @ Eric Alagan, 2018

  4. A lot to ponder here Eric. I think integrity is being redefined in today’s world. We are being brainwashed by the greedy in power to try and convince us greed is normal and to be embraced.

    1. Hello Ian,

      You’re right. I recall that famous (notorious) line in the movie Wall Street uttered by Michael’s Douglas’ character Gordon Gekko: “Greed, for lack of a better word, is good.” And Wall Street continues to symbolize all that which is wrong in the world economy in particular, and society at large.

      Enjoy the time with your visiting children and grandchildren 🙂
      Eric

      Generations past
      Arrested evolution
      Basics elude most

      Haiku Copyright @ Eric Alagan, 2018

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