Remember when we understood ‘sentiment’
As a human construct?
Now, ‘sentiment’ defines the mood-swings
Of the stock and share market.
When men were killed in gruesome droves,
We spoke of a “blood bath’;
Now, it is currency that bleeds
When the bourses take a bearish path.
And “carnage’ no longer defines
A human calamity;
‘Carnage’ bespeaks the unraveling
Of market liquidity.
Thus, Capital teaches us to revise
An older lexicon;
Men are things, and things are men,
As Greenbacks a new grammar spawn.
Few now are the commentaries
That these reversals ponder;
What atrocity may exceed
This usurpation, I wonder.