Derivative Sonnet

    by David Steinsaltz

"Buy cheap, sell dear": we draw the moneyman's creed
into our lives.  It seems absurd to wish an
ecstatic merging of two souls in need,
when merger only fronts for acquisition.

Love is a synergistic enterprise,
and profits who invests with timely wit
when opportunities for growth arise:
Taking stock, that once we've grown, we split.

Affection's bonds are tender, they mature,
they bring new interest year by year, and yet
the principal is always unsecured,
while forgiveness only magnifies the debt.

Beneath the bottom line we reckon anew:
My options all are exercised in you.