Ayn Rand loved a golden bath where she signed her name

Her name was made of reinforced concrete

When she thought of her life, her mind moved to each level of the plan


Ayn Rand had her own way of wanting

It was the American industrial model partly owned by Henry Ford


Why are we so attracted to money as if it were a bright room?

Ayn Rand’s dead body was displayed beneath a 6-foot dollar sign made of flowers–


Ayn Rand knew that the word “money” does not come from the Latin term for “empty” until you are alone with money in an empty room.  She knew money is a metonym for money, and by this mechanism, really screws with your face


Yet Ayn Rand was totally objective

When Ayn Rand saw Ayn Rand, she was an orthogonal street grid with park-like green spaces

Ayn Rand included many levels, at the top of which Ayn Rand waited beneath soaring, cantilevered roof lines

for the man version of Ayn Rand, a sixty-story cruciform skyscraper


When some others looked at Ayn Rand, they saw a frigid megalomaniacally-scaled negation of Ayn Rand

And for this, Ayn Rand deserves our deepest sympathies

Ayn Rand made her name every day. It was all that she could do about the tensions of democratic life


(Another poem in the Poems for Capitalists series I’m working on. Also added to MONEY.)