Money

(1995)

"Money" sets a poem of Dana Gioia for soprano, violin, and piano. "Money" was published in Gioia's volume The Gods of Winter.

Money
by Dana Gioia


Money is a kind of poetry.– Wallace Stevens


Money, the long green,
cash, stash, rhino, jack
or just plain dough.
Chock it up, fork it over,
shell it out. Watch it
burn holes through pockets.
To be made of it! To have it
to burn! Greenbacks, double eagles,
megabucks and Ginnie Maes.
It greases the palm, feathers a nest,
holds heads above water,
makes both ends meet.
Money breeds money.
Gathering interest, compounding daily.
Always in circulation.
Money. You don't know where it's been,
but you put it where your mouth is.
And it talks.


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