“Visalia Save Mart cashier wins $10,000 from company” (Neal Whitman)

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short-changed
at the Save-Mart
winter solstice

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Headlines:

“Visalia Save Mart cashier wins $10,000 from company” (Visalia Times)

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Poem by Neal Whitman (see poet biographies). Read more by this poet.

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  1. Editor

    Love the juxtaposition here Neal – a sly piece of writing. Lovely work!!

  2. James Tipton

    I like the juxtapositions here as well.

    “Winnings”–money not earned–are always paid for by “losings” and that is true whether it is lotteries or mega-million bonuses paid out because one has learned to “play the game”. John Thain, President of Merrill Lynch, walked out last year with $84,000,000 in less than a year on the job, just as the company was essentially going out of business due to bad management. Where did that $84,000,000 come from? From the rest of us, regardless of the route it took to reach John Thain. The rest of us have, indeed, been “short changed” by many of our industry “leaders”.

    “Short changed” on the Winter Solstice fits as well…the longest night of the year (although after Winter Solstice light begins to return).

  3. Laurence Stacey

    I agree. The contrast in imagery here is just excellent!

  4. Neal Whitman

    Readers Rule: so, Jim and Editors, thank you for “getting” the notion of “short” on a day that is short in light, long in dark… also a “tipping” day in that in a tick the balance begins to shift.
    I expressed how I felt about this on Dec. 21 posting, as well, plus one more Winter Solstice haiku is in the queue. Jan. 10 you see also is “brrrr” feeling haiku in contrast to another planet.

    Stay warm,
    Neal

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