. FTX & Other Damn Scams If you want to make some money Dangle golden dreams like honey And then claim that you can turn dross into gold. When you claim the future’s sunny Don’t let on you think it’s funny That you don’t believe a thing that they’ve been told. Then with promise of big buck-ers Take some money from rich suckers And create a “sure-fire-winner” Ponzi scheme. Then with fellow feather pluckers Turn the rich to “out-of-luckers" When you scrape the money off the top like cream. Cryptocurrency’s the means To an end, or so it seems, When investors trade their money for illusion. But when nightmares eat their dreams You can hear the losers’ screams When they find out that their hopes were a delusion. Such a scam is nothing new, Politicians do it too, When they spend our money and get richer for it. As our nation’s debits grew No one worried, for they knew That the press and FBI would both ignore it. P.T. Barnum gave it name When he laughed and made the claim That another would-be sucker’s born each minute. For there’s no one else to blame When we find, while playing the game, That it’s harder to get out of it than in it. . . James A. Tweedie is a retired pastor living in Long Beach, Washington. He has written and published six novels, one collection of short stories, and three collections of poetry including Mostly Sonnets, all with Dunecrest Press. His poems have been published nationally and internationally in The Lyric, Poetry Salzburg (Austria) Review, California Quarterly, Asses of Parnassus, Lighten Up Online, Better than Starbucks, Dwell Time, Light, Deronda Review, The Road Not Taken, Fevers of the Mind, Sparks of Calliope, Dancing Poetry, WestWard Quarterly, Society of Classical Poets, and The Chained Muse. He was honored with being chosen as the winner of the 2021 SCP International Poetry Competition.