Finance Related Poems
A. The Fun And Games At Diagnosis Stage Section
The Doctor - Oct/30/08 Dynamics of giving and receiving
Alzheimer's - Oct/30/08 Retirement issues - unable to complete our jobs due to health issues and the financial side of the process.
The Church - Oct/30/08 The call on unexpended resources in later life from unexpected places.
NCI Chat - Nov/18/08 Our help to others has a multiplier
effect which outstirps Cancer's similar geometric growth curve.
Logical Confinement - Nov/22/08 The resources of
ancient word can set people free in their businesses.
The Time For Every Purpose Under Heaven - Nov/24/08 Financial counsel requires detachment, and tough love as and when required.
The End of the System-Mistress - Dec.02/08 Society's
withdrawal of funds to enforce compliance with its ways.
Tina - Dec.06/08 Be fair to all. Give resources to the other if there is insufficient for both to survive.
Giving Honor - Dec/08/08 The problem of selfishness and scorn amongst the medics and the need for a change of heart.
Beside Still Waters - Dec/09/08 The need to restore our souls in tumult, for His name's sake.
- Dec/09/08 What I do in the area of (financial) advising.
- Dec/11/08 The ones I aspire to be amongst in the area of (financial)
Short-Field Take-Off - Dec/11/08 How to do (financial) advising.
- Dec/11/08 For richer and poorer -- reciprocal relations in life - prayer
for time to balance things out.
Future Present - Dec/11/08 Living in the present without financial worries - coping in life with few resources.
Morning Prayer - Dec/11/08 Being a (financial) example to others.
- Dec/16/08 The need for allowance for failure and weakness in (financial)
Shop Floor Transformation - The Woman From India - Dec/17/08 Catching folks who fall through the economic/financial system.
The Lieutenant - Dec/19/08 Retirement parties celebrate life with errors cut away like film editing to bring out the best in a story.
Dare I To Hope - Dec/20/08 The need for and role of hope in (financial) recovery/healing process.
Dreams - Dec/22/08 Reflections on the role of possessions in life when faced with life's (premature) end.
"Breakfast" To The Chicken And The Pig - Dec/23/08 Possible use of financial tools to address medics' snotty and therefore dangerous attitudes.
Time - Dec/23/08 The possible use of media in time delaying the passing
on of (financial) truth, thereby softening the message enough to be heard.
- Dec/24/08 The creative tension between community and personal agendas
(and resources) in a world of "King of the Mountain".
Christmas 1946 - Dec/25/08 Cree giving and the interface of two cultures has enriched my life's meaning.
His Fleet -
Dec/28/08 My role (in financial-economic area) as I research and post results
- but more importantly live them as I am copied rather than followed.
Of What Remains? - Dec/29/08 Aspects of residual resources at life's end - and what really endures being the non-temporal / non-physical aspects - our real legacy.
The "ology" of "Med'sun" -
Dec/31/08 The Exit Voice and Loyalty perspective (here in the health care
system) relates to systemic / institutional evil in the finance areas too.
Delight - Jan/01/09The psychic space of my research and data write-up methods
and processes as a crash-test-dummy (eg in the finance area).
Pump - Jan/01/09 My process of reversal and mediated sharing with "explosive" results
- time delayed till ready.
Our Day - Jan/07/09 There's grace that comes in (financial) waiting time for us.
- Jan/07/09Competition's good side, Socialism's weakness, and the challenge
to live a life of integrity and quality.
- Jan/07/09Routine and freedom - both are applicable in business/finance/art
- Jan/07/09 On making learning fun and age-relevant
Eye - Jan/09/09 Waiting for good/bad news - Uncertainty of external high-stakes
decisions - there's live and grace in the eye of a (financial) hurricane
before the second wall hits.
B. A Shift In Locus Of Control Section
"The Survivor" -
Jan/11-12/09 People want to be the oppressor and money is the tool to do
so. It is called a political economy because all money decisions are social and
therefore political (persuasion based).
"Communion" - Jan/11/09 We like to play God but lack the power and resource necessary to do so. We cannot meet everyone's needs alone.
For The Healthcare System...Hip Hip..." - Jan/21/09 There are 2 financial
tiers. the socialists and capitalists are lined up in opposing ditches shooting
at each other across the road rather than walking up the road that lies between
"Getting Through Christmas" - Jan/22-23/09 Reference to the faith walk in the area of finance. The need to be a Giver-Financier per gifts born with.
"Faith" - Jan/23/09 Agriculture,
Master Card and euthanasia.
"More" - Jan/23/09 Quality vs quantity in the acquisition of money and time.
"Derby Fanfare" - Jan/23/09 Risk, and hope in small packages, in both gambling and business decisions. My location at the time.
Of My Soul" - Jan/23/09The emergence of the finance theme for me is definitely
fourth window stuff, seen by me only after art therapy 5 months after this
Chapel" - Jan/23/09 Urban based agriculture is on the rise. Owing to urban
migration, there is an insufficient economic base to support Churches during
this economic crisis exactly when they are needed.
Point Of View" - Jan/23/09 The finance world from a near-death perspective,
as content for my photos and mediated output.
"Terminal Generation" - Jan/25/09 Roles of and strengths of cross/same gender parental influences in families (in the finance area) per Jung.
"C. V." - Jan/25/09 Acquisition
and loss segments of life. My task as not seen yet. Get up off the deck and
be available and trained and equipped to act in the "now" of life.
Joyful..." - Jan/26/09 My reprieve - shifts in significance of life-aspects
(eg finance) and bad aspects of the culture diminish. The emergence of priorities.
"Flight" - Jan/27/09 Flight as an example of moving into life after a reprieve, (as with the financial area).
"I sCream For What?" - Jan/28/09Cash and Christ acrostic reflection - and the stages of freedom in the finance world as a Christian.
"The Tapestry" - Jan/29/09 The pruning of activities as focus increases after reprieve - and the emphasis on 'tone' or 'color' added to the 'yarn' which we are, which God then weaves into a tapestry with others.
"The Cobra And
The Mongoose" - Jan/29/09 The need for body life in business lest we get
sick, week, then die. The allergic problem, and the need to change the direction
Jan/31/09 The challenge of new life in a new (yet undefined) (and still
pristine) field (of finance) in an imperfect world as an imperfect person.
Feb/4/09 Occupational finance is one of the three main themes in life which,
when we are culturally centered, feeds us in our life work.
Feb/6/09 Culture codes / Jungian archetype items are interwoven in our financial
life and run through family and cultural lines.
Third Culture Kid) - Feb/7/09 Escape from second-rate choices which have
powerful subconscious drives, and God's assurance that there are other ways
He has which honor family and other commitments.
Feb/7/09 The bias of personal /financial gain frequently supports an erroneous
"Why Poetry?" - Feb/7/09 The nature of the media I choose to express my (financial) reflections with and its relative merits.
Wall" - Feb/11/09 We are freed to pass on assistance to others, not to pay
back redeemers. The role of confrontation in healthy team life / interdependent
"Louis Riel Day (Indian Health Care Song)" - Feb/16/09Reflection on a two-tiered financial system and the health care system within it.
C. A Shift In Locus Of Operation Section
"Frost On The Pain" - Feb/22/09 Reflection on reprieve from lower decks of two-tiered system, and feelings of drive to victory on that base of humanity - for all.
"Recovering Awe" - Feb/22/09 Walking with the next and coming generation as they too discover the rich beauty of the natural world (and the world of finance too)
A Rock And A Card Place" - Feb/24/09Our fragile house built on credit cards
and environmental degradation. Both get stopped cold with the diagnosis of cancer.
A reprieve sets us free to help clean up the mess.
"Mana" - Feb/24/09 People
stone rather than pay prophets, artists and priests - those who attach Mana
to objects and dynamics of life.
"Call To Commitment" - Feb/27/09 Poker expression of "all in" re: the resources and time for "one last venture" in life and "church renewal" as a possible option.
"The Gift" - Mar/06/09 Trimming the sail in terms of time and resources maximizes resource use when time is short.
"First Anniversary" -
Mar/10/09 Our energy and health profoundly affect our ability to move forward
in the business world.
"The Living And The Dead" - Mar/12/09 Pruning of life, focus, resources to what is meaningful as it is from the roots that resources come to connected branches.
"Slippage" - Mar/13/09 Put the source of slippage of resources into the jar first when you're not on top of your game.
"Lonesome Valley" - Mar/15/09 We all walk blind as to our end, known factors fine but best to get on with one's life despite them.
"Vacated Space" - Mar/17/09 Pruning and focusing of life-resources in order to weather a (health) storm so as to sail another day.
"Lilliput" - Mar/19-21/09 Social context of individual success and blessing that comes on the way as we assist others to get going - as others did for us.
"Isaiah : Second
Edit of Readers' Theater" - Mar/21/09Put yourself out to help the unlovely
or unworthy as we also have been loved to bring about life in the other person.
"Crossing Cultural Lines (And Third Culture Kids)" - Mar/22-23/09 Brief reference to the Giver Financier gift suppression by my family of origin. The cultural connection freed up also frees to get at that area of operation.
"To Mentor" -
Mar/28/09 Finance related poems as a theme have actually left and unexpected
paper trail and a new focus for me.
"Now" - Apr/02/09 There
is a shift from inward to outward, not for self but for unseen others, as days
come to an end.
"Genetic Train" - Apr/06/09 The challenge to complete our tasks having come this far.
"Income vs. Outgo" - Apr/09/09 Being fixed enables us to help others (eg in finance area).
"The Transition (Start Of Costa Rica Trip) " - Apr/13/09 The cultural norms (eg of finance) need learning - a costly school of hard knocks.
of Things Hoped For" - Apr/15/09 Finding a reason to live when days are
short, and to live life together - now with finance aspects on the rise.
In Our Paths " - Apr/16/09 The plight of the needy and our response. Money's
essential meaning. Helping others to attach Mana to objects and dynamics for
Sin " - Apr/17/09 Theft and fraud - cash without Mana act and the root
of systemic sin.
"Our Capacity To Love " - Apr/18/09 Tip cups over to turn into pipes and make resources flow through them outward.
"New Lease On Life " (End of the Costa Rica Trip)- Apr/19/09 Customs agents and the home culture
In Perfection " - Apr/20/09 Need for interdependent excellence for life
to work. Balance is in the community. The allergy problem and its resolution.
"Life-Giving Memory" - Apr/22/09 Our lost/missing capacities accentuate our awareness of how others are using them.
D. Re-integration Of Photography Into Life – In Relation
To Cancer Section :
Roamin' catholic " - Apr/24/09-AM Reflection: I have a view of finance
different from both Cree and the dominant culture.
"Ambassador Of Friendship " - Apr/24/09-AM Recalling names in business networking.
"Rip Van Winkle " -
Apr/24/09-AM Costs and benefits of being out of the workforce for a while.
End Of Time " - Apr/25/09 Keeping our perspective in our big/little end-time
Chance " - Apr/30/09 Cross-cultural response to (financial) crises. Call
experience part 2 - financial world.
"The Pebble In Our Shoe " - Apr/31/09 Courage regarding the financial and human cost of cancer.
"The Picture Lived " - May/02/09 Don't shirk your lessons in training you will meet them (ie. yourself) in the workforce.
Behind " - May/05/09 Scalping appointment date tickets for the doctor.
Anniversary Of Diagnosis" - May/08/09 We waste resources pretending and
covering our tracks.
Afraid" - May/10/09 Reference to garnisheed wages and Tax department reaction.
Abuse of M&S money.
"Perspective" - May/10/09 Anger can be a resource for living.
"Inside Looking out" - May/11/09 Reference to 3 rules for risk taking.
"Managing Losses" - May/17/09 Losses in the second half of life are standard. Treasure in Heaven. Easier to let it go than have it taken.
"Inside-Outside" - May/20/09 Question of what Echoland aspects are worth sharing and which are bigger than I am so I have to grow up into them in the sharing (like finance)
"The Presence" - May/20/09 All life is a gamble. Invest in People.
"This Wrinkled Clay" - May/23/09 The cost of speaking in public, for me, is less so when media are used.
"Many Hands " -
May/25/09 The efficiency of high-quality teamwork
"The Sun, The
Moon, And The Stars" (A Costa Rican Expression) " - May/25/09 3 John:2 prayer
for prosperity and health and the link between them.
At 60 " - May/26/09 Power is appealing to people all through life and this
can affect their judgment.
E. The Start of Stu-Art Output Section :
"Communion " - May/26/09 God's salt light and leaven on the financial aspects of life.
We Need - 1 - Daily Bread " - May/26/09 Need for daily sustenance and our
abuse of it.
"Four Things We Need - 2 - Forgiveness" - May/26/09 Daily forgiveness for selfish ways.
Things We Need - 3 - Deliverance From Temptation" - May/26/09 Daily deliverance
from taking shortcuts and twisting truth.
We Need - 4 - Deliverance From Evil " - May/26/09 Deliverance from evil massive
or benign (theft, shoddy goods, greed, etc).
Death" - May/27/09 Blending our resources and power with those of God. Freedom
from dying to world ahead of time.
"Tempo In The
Town" - May/28/09 People's tempo clashes/matches with that of cultures and
sub-cultures eg. business.
"Second Careers" - May/28/09 Second careers are possible when our capacity exceeds our tasks.
"Acceptance" - May/28/09 The problem of residual goods at the end of life. Filling the hole of non-acceptance with acquisition.
"On Keeping On Keeping On" - May/30/09 Reference to cancer fund raiser. Locus of "what next?" - finance?
"Victory Lap" - May/30/09 Finance - the lap of victory work perhaps. Photographically expressed?
The Spirit" - May/31/09 Fundraising context for cancer research - power seen
in dust storm and related to life.
Your Spirit" - May/31/09 The refreshing Cambrian shield natural resources
empowers and quiets us.
"Third Layer" -
May/31/09 Much of trauma in people lives is caused by people's continual
power struggles in the big world eg here for me.
Percent" - June/1/09 The overload and the need to strip clown to core activities
- eg finance.. Reference t BU's seniors discount.
From Pain" - June/2/09 Good sanctuary made from spring flood.
"The Painter" - June/5/09 Social context of individual achievement. Causal connections in life.
"John" - June/5/09 Mini-portrait of my Giver-Financier brother.
"The Choice" - June/6/09 Start of the emergence of the financial work as a focus activity. A choice already made. Freed to be an Encourager/Giver-financier.
"Who Is This Man?" - June/7/09 Quiet hospitality - a gift with blessings.
Gone" - June/7/09 We are like seeds in the world, planted where He wants
after He has cleaned us up Let the swirl carry us around and live in the
here and now wherever that turns out to be.
"Location's False Promise" - June/7/09 There's a lot of (financial) pain in the world. Don't forget to laugh.
"The Antidote" - June/13/09 People are spenders or savers, but both need to address the issue of direction of flow. They need each other, despite their mutual allergy.
" 'I Don't Need You...' " - June/13/09 People and goods pile up when pushed to the sidelines and both look deeper for their being there.
"The '-Ology' Of Cash " - June/13/09 A tongue-in-cheek suggestion of how a study of money by the poor might solve some finance problems in the area of poverty.
"Things " - June/14,16/09 Reflection on Ten Commandments having two ways of presentation one emphasizing God and one emphasizing coveting.
"Money's Use " - June/19/09 Reflection on the Cost of this last round o(of Cancer) and the use of money in my life.
"Redemption " -
June/23/09 Spiritual growth can take place even in midst of a squabble over
F. Concluding Poem of Volume I
" 'The Play's
The Thing' " - June/25/09 A mini-play set on a children's cancer ward. Reference to starting at the bottom, with volunteer activities.
From Conclusion Section (# 172-209):
" 2-4-6-8 " - July/4/09 Reflection on the clash between Scottish and Cree outlooks on life in regards to proactive striving, particularly in the finance area of life.
" The Quarterback " - July/10/09Inspiration gained by another person facing MS to move on in life, as he carried on his small business with MS.
Triumph Of Hope Over Reality' " - July/12/09Reflectin on an incident when
reading the story of the death of John the Baptist in church. Reference to today's
method of execution being removel of livelihood.
Week Now Since His Quiet Laugh " - July/17/09 Visit to referring doctor.
Need to keep stress down in relation to recurrence of cancer. Reference to need to support family and beware of needless conflict that threatens jobs.
You Had Fifty Days To Live " - July/17/09 Using the image of counting the
50 days an "Omar" (bushel) of barley grew from Passover to Pentecost, the
question is raised as to what one could grow in one's life in such a period
if that was all that remained of life, and reflection on using that period as a structural period for units of time within a year.
Choice " - July/19/09 Use of media in creating healthy communities in which
to grow, and the power of choice of response which cannot be removed from us.
Reference to financial loss often involved in such activity.
" The Snap Of Others' Work " - July/22/09 Dropping stress by stopping inappropriate involvement in other people's lives. Reference to the school of hard knocks.
Eyes " - July/24/09 Honesty whether in facing death or living (business) relationships
in community is refreshing and health giving.
Serve" - July/24/09 The powerful effects of (often unseen) people who help
in recovery of health by linking people together for mutual support, both as a job and voluntarily.
"Pandemic Of Silence" - July/26/09 Dream of pandemic with handful of survivors raises questions of forming new future life for humanity, within which are implications for our smaller scale life after cancer. (eg. what form will the economy take?)
In Economics" - July/26/09 Prayer for those engaged in the economic system
, especially our children, who often live beyond our day to day presence in the
"Isaiah's Band" - July/26/09 The clash of cultures within a Canadian church, with financial hardship following for all concerned..
"Making Peace" - July/26/09 A visit to the peace gardens with its new addition of the material from ground zero of World Trade center attack. The clash of cultures, the inter-gift/culture allergy, and the way peace is
made and maintained. Reference to the clash over oil.
Grace" - July/26/09 A couple crosses cultures to build orphanages by selling their home to raise funds for building and selling homes in Manitoba and transferring the profits to construction projects in Kenya.
as an expression of their faith in light of the pandemic of AIDS there.
"Avocation" - July/31/09 The assistance gained in sorting out vocation from avocation in making community contributions (in this case volunteering in a cross-cultural missions effort) within which one has no or little say, but works under another's direction.
"TGIS (Thank God It's Sunday)" - August/2/09 Shifts in the type of work bring exhaustion, especially out of one's strength areas, for which a day off each week is welcome relief. Such refreshement pays off in added productivity.
Years" - August/2/09 A look back and forwards at the time of the fortieth
anniversary of our engagement. Reference to it not always going well financially.
New Bridge" - August/2/09 A reflection on the third anniversary of the
insight into my "Third Culture Kid" experience, and the cross-cultural / bridging
role that is emerging for myself out of that reality, at the time when Brandon
itself is getting a new road bridge between two warring groups in the New World based on economic injustice..
Love Again" - August/2/09 A reflection on the welcome restoration of stressed
relationships after both sickness and extended period of (often financial) stress in relationships
like marriage which seems to involve periods of both "better and worse" for
many of us.
"Without Constraint" - August/3/09 Reflection on the shortage of time for art for working people in relation to the shortage of time caused by Cancer. Reference to the life choices which emerge when cancer repriorizes life after recovery. Reference to a product for mana exchange within the body of humanity.
"First Job" - August/4/09 Reflection back to my first job and two sermons encouraging me to move forward despite the past. Reference to provisioning along the way.
" A Creenglish Look At Kenya" -
August/8/09 Reflection on Kenya's orphan problem and the social side of
medicine writ large. Reference to the role and challenges of giving in international projects.
"A Change In Style" - August/6-9/09 Reflections on the source of income in relation to types of ministry.
Is This Child's Name?" - August/10/09 Reflection on the death of one of the
orphans in the project I was assisting. Reference to gifts given too late to
Hope In Small Packages - August/11/09 Reflection on budgeting of limited money,time and energy within a larger skewed economic context, and the source of hope for small players within such a reality.
Two Languages Of Love - August/11/09 Reflection on whose love language gets used...that of the giver or the receiver.
The Code For ‘Books’ - August/13/09 Reflection on the meaning
of ‘books’ to me (its ‘code’). Reference to my first money earned as selling
a newlsetter I'd made door to door (quickly shut down by my mom).
The Workman - August/14/09 A reflection on the code for tools work and call as viewed cross culturally.
August/14/09 A poetic reflection on the approaching third anniversary of
realization I am a TCK, with implications for my writing. Reference to the workplace as locus for discovery and exclusion, as well as future work-life utilizing the new reality.
"The Deep Longing Of My Soul" - August/15/09 A poem reflecting on initial priorities in work life - the First Nations Learning style project emerges.
The Rear-View Mirror" - August/15/09 Reflection on inter dependant gifts
and the power of an earlier project in getting people on with their lives.
Reference to need for financial and practical help as well as words.
"Our Goodbyes" - August/16/09 Reflection on losses due to the breakups of friends. Not all losses are medical, but often take place amidst our own medical journey of loss - life goes on. Reference to farewell after nasty business termination.
- Letting Go" - August/16/09 Habdalah is the ceremony ending the day of
rest each week, and the start of a new week for Jews. A reflection on the ending
of holidays and fresh start to a new work year.
"The Butterfly" - August/18/09 The concluding poem of this set of poems. Reflection on the transformation I have felt in myself through this journey compared to the actual experience of death and resurrection, both spiritual and physical. Reference to deliverance from push and shove aspects of all cultures.