Novel Opportunities

Favourable conditions affording new
and novel opportunities to grow
the market, to expand upon the view;
Horizons!!! – here today gone tomorrow.
Windows that open up to the sky, to all
prepared to venture forth, to ride the wave
towards new shores; prepared to rise and fall
along with the fool-hardy and the brave.
See that which is old become new again:
re-released, re-branded, given new guise;
to be let loose on green pastures; fed then
on eternal hope, to await the prize.
. Now is the time of opportunity.
. Beyond now … there is no certainty.

Tim Grace, 6 December 2011

To the reader: Nothing ventured, nothing gained… a fool and his money are easily parted. The idea of investing in tomorrow assumes a favourable future. But common-sense tells us the future is an uncertain opportunity. Its attachment to now is fragile and with time quickly adjusts to new and unpredictable circumstances. The further from now that we invest the higher is our risk, the greater is our reward. Those that play the market need to know the rules and accept the consequences.

To the poet: This sonnet has a complex structure that leans heavily on syntax to carry its semantics. I had attended an investment seminar and been barraged with financial jargon; way beyond my understanding. The investment industry, like any other, has a deep meta-language that translates poorly into laymen terms. As a skater, I picked up the message, guessed at its meaning… and wrote a poem! These are my notes…



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