The Art of Wealth Creation


access to capital
raw materials
markets &

from the headwaters
carried along
roads fresh cut
from wilderness

the soil cap
bleeds out
in the first rains
after tree fall

the rest is plundered more

logging &

NY 400
I see alchemy in action
on the petroleum tarmac
of the centre–periphery

mammalian beasts
struck down by passers-by
flesh, fur, blood
into the road
red to brown to gold

here on the municipal
the micro
the immutable laws
of economics are reversed

capital-flows and resources
spread outward
to outlying communities
where wealth can be
properly cared-for and nurtured

along the Inga-Shaba transmission route
the natural laws of commerce are observed

sealed high-voltage lines
protected by:
barbed wire and cameras
from the Inga Dams
to the Kulwezi mines
the entire 11 hundred mile stretch

Zairians, now Congolese
attempt to steal the electricity
they will finance for decades to come
leaving the occasional charred or shot body
scattered along the road side

a temporary biological testament
to desperation, lawlessness
and economic barbarism

whether pushed in front of traffic
by the spread of unregulated sprawl
or fried or executed
by global trade and crony capitalism
victims are seen as
perpetrators or pests

those expert in the secrets
of the Emerald Tablet
believe their practice to be a clear path
to riches and economic development

whether transforming lead into gold
or trusting in extraction
and export-oriented production

whether their faith lies in
Hermeticism or competitive advantage
makes no difference

the poor will be poorer
the rich will get richer

with the polite-society cover
of formulas, policies
and structural adjustments

from Congo to the U.S.
from the Kisangani-Buta Road
to the 400
the centre-periphery model
performs as desired

the lifeblood of peoples
the lifeblood of nations, drained
the destitute to the prosperous

flowing over asphalt
ground into the pavement
from red
to brown
to gold


© 2003-2019 Brian Brown-Cashdollar

b kwik

running through b kwik
sweaty hair
football gear
spikes clicking across
Imperial tile

tore-up turf
trailing behind
grabbing milk
grabbing bread

priced for convenience
for the working class

at checkout
a “secret” treat

dad waits in the car
window down
WKBW on the radio
in the strip plaza
sited to block competition
since the Super Duper
exploded under suspicious

bricks blown for blocks
on Mother’s Day
as the family business
succumbed to market forces

we head for home
with what we need
oblivious to the desperation
that drove a son to arson

when he finally had to admit
there was no longer space
for a six aisle grocery

© 2018-19 Brian Brown-Cashdollar