Halvard Johnson
Toxic Assets Sonnet

Pedro found his reservoir of goodwill for his fellow
humanoids contaminated--or tainted, if you will--
by perennial and hereditary diseases. Exalted beings

all, they chewed their nails in anticipation of defaults
and market plunges, holding onto their faith that what
goes down must go up. Nervousness and its neighbor,

panic, often had cookouts in their unforeclosed back
yards. When the going gets tough, the tough broil
burgers. At any other time, the heady air of despair

would have provided a tonic. But now, today, Main St.
knows even smart Canadians cannot ride to the rescue.