Putting Money First


When you’ve finally set the pillars
of heaven under the roof of smart

financial planning, nothing can
touch you. Celebrate your status

come Christmas with a token
diamond necklace for the apple

of your eye—let those stones
sparkle and writhe in her cleavage

while the new bicycle honks circles
around the cul-de-sac all afternoon.

Such prudence is the mark of genius.



Photo By: K.L.


About Author

Travis Mossotti was awarded the 2011 May Swenson Poetry Award by contest judge Garrison Keillor for his first collection of poems, About the Dead (USU Press, 2011), and his work has appeared in such places as the Antioch Review, Manchester Review, Poetry Ireland Review, Subtropics, The Writer’s Almanac, Vallum and many others. In 2009, he was awarded the James Hearst Poetry Prize from the North American Review by contest judge Robert Pinsky, and in 2010 his poem “Decampment” was adapted to screen as an animated short film. He currently resides in St. Louis with his wife Regina and their daughter Cora.

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