No Woman, No I

There’s a young lady in my life
Resourceful, loves to help the needy
And raises her daughter so well
It amazes me

I have a sister who has noble aspirations
Smart achiever, a believer
With two beloved boys
They like to talk to uncle on the phone and flatter me

I have another sister
Reminds me a little of myself 
Full of potential and destined to win
She has the coolest son
The most handsome little fellow

I have a mother
Larger than life
Firmly grounded, with the biggest heart
The deepest thinker I know
I found a best friend in she

I had a grandmother
Pillar of the family
Well-respected, nursed an entire province
Legendary status

All the women in my life
Are who inspire me!


The Price of Rights

I just don’t understand why you want a seat at the table. Yes – you’re perfectly able, but your demands threaten to make the whole establishment unstable. When did you become so ambitious? This puts me in a difficult position, you do understand? They won’t like it. Not one bit!

Oh, I understand. But you see, the fountain of knowledge flows like a current that knows no colour. And to answer your question… since the advent of information access. Look, it’s not my intention to raffle feathers. I respect what you’ve built here. And maybe you’re all right. So how about I do everyone a favour and just sign my rights to the papers away. It’s can be that simple. You have the figure… that’s my price!

Money is an economic reality closely tied to the social complex and only it’s fair distribution will bring about a lasting solution to the prevailing disorder. But we need to put matters of human nature on the back burner for now, and just focus on the human condition.

Well said. You know, when I realised that joining a movement has little to do with one’s commitment to a cause, that’s when it also dawned on me that surely God hears no prayer whose sole purpose is obtaining wealth. And to be honest with you, it comes as no surprise that you don’t want to afford me any titles and I’m perfectly fine with that. Too many times I have witnessed sanctity bestowed on the pious.

So what are you saying?

I’m saying that you can keep everything if we can agree on the price.

A Mammonist in Peril

the love for preeminence is all too human
as man thinks himself rich when he possesses more than his neighbour
and poor if he has less
despite having the knowledge that there are things money cannot procure
and gold won’t buy a grain of affection, respect, grace or a conscience that is pure

it may buy votes yes, but not loyalty
and the determination to be rich as an end in itself has no assurance
for money in its truest sense remains representative of the product of labour
so only the love of being in service to others will give both satisfaction and pleasure while sustaining endeavour

and keeping your desires proportional to your capacity
will save you from corruption
so that even as the purchasing power of money shrinks
your personal worth is not diminished

Mailbox on 88

He wanted limited liability
And so he set up a B.V.
Dutch trust office, mailbox company, shell corporation…
You know what? it doesn’t even matter – that’s just terminology

But peep game and observe how he really played for keeps

He was no Pac but did it strictly for his Negus
Slicker than Viktor Khrapunov
And more connected on the ground than Leviev – the king of diamonds
Jacob on his wrist you’d think he was Bukharian

His lifelong ambition – to have a stake in Africa Israel Investments
And establish links such as these


The Sound of Scholastic Sophistry

I calmly listened to their undeveloped theories regarding the value of money
Some which were clearly not thought through and others that simply exposed their unfamiliarity with the political economy
But their pugnacious demeanours made one cautious of publicly questioning their acatallactic doctrines
Besides I’m no pedagogue
And for the sake of my reputation and to avoid causing a scene
I remained unnoticeably indifferent to the unpalatable business lunch talk

It wasn’t a monk fruit – matter of taste – type of scenario
Anyone less self-absorbed than this bunch could’ve easily realised
That their belief in the value of money coinciding with the value of the pecuniary material was deeply flawed
As were the other specious arguments put forth
So unsound they could not stand the test of scrutiny

Never in my life had I ever witnessed such high degrees of scholastic sophistry
But at least my time wasn’t totally wasted
The experience inspired this writing


Heath Muchena, 2017

Weight Exchange

As the mint men made money worse as a commodity in order to make it better as a medium of exchange
He was securing the bag by any means necessary, with her help

And they’d never let anyone take the southern bluefin tuna steak with kiwano dressing off their plates
They’d worked too many late nights to give up any share

Swore they’d feast to the death
Whatever it’d take to have Kuwaiti dinars everyday
And stay heavyweights on every gauge

The $100 bills – 22 pounds
€500 notes about 3
All off the books

A load of 1000 Swiss francs taped to her body
At the airport – Visa swipe
Signed off paperwork – left hand

No seigniorage or demurrage


Heath Muchena, 2017

The Labour Act

At first I just wanted to know what it felt like to be rich
That was before I started to perceive the gains largely as means by which to afford the privilege to ideate

Oh yes, that is true of wealth
It sure helps to make ideas reality

Indeed. Think what insanity…
To conceive ideas one can never realise

The wise always have a safety guarantee before pushing an agenda that is right

So you agree it all comes down to money matters?

Well, if that is true by every measure then so too would be the desired outcome of every intentional act of labour!


Heath Muchena, 2017