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Art Cashin's Poetic Tribute to 2011

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Art Cashin shares his wit and wisdom with us daily from the New York Stock Exchange floor. On this final trading day of the year, he shared a poem. Happy New Year to all and to you too, Art!

Cashin's Daily Comments - December 30, 2011

A Traditional Presentation

'Tis two days yet to New Year
    but despite what you’re hopin’
The folks in the Board Room
    say “the full day we’re open”

So we'll buy and we'll sell
  as the tape crawls along
And though "Bubbly's" verboten
  we may still sing a song

Two Thousand Eleven
    looked good at the start
But deadlocks in D.C.
    took things all apart

We finished up with a rally
    thanks to old Santa Claus
But some late Euro troubles
  Almost caused us to pause

We lost special people
  as we seem to each year
It just makes us treasure
  each one that’s still here
 
Peter Falk, dear Columbo
  put his raincoat away
James Arness, Marshall Dillon 
  wears a new star today
 
Jack Kevorkian left us
  without an assist
Harry Morgan, Colonel Potter 
  will also be missed

And Christopher Hitchens
  said of God he had doubt
Now he’s taken that journey
  when we each will find out

Andy Rooney’s curmudgeon
  up to heaven has gone
Jack La Lanne and his juicer
  have also moved on

Amy Winehouse so troubled
  has joined heaven’s choir
And Betty Ford also
  in this year did expire

Joe Frazier, once smokin’
  went down for the count
And Jane Russell, the Outlaw
  found a heavenly mount

Liz Taylor’s great beauty
  now in heaven’s halls glows
Jackie Cooper, the child star
  donned some angelic clothes

Steve Jobs left his iPad
  he won’t need it now
His final words as he left us
were just a simple “Oh Wow!”

Mark Haines left the floor too
  without saying good-bye
Though he growled & he grumbled
  he was still a good guy

Kim Jong Il has departed
  yet North Korea’s no fun
We’re stuck with his third kid
  who he named Kim Jong Un

Navy Seals got Bin Laden 
  now Khaddafi’s gone too
Two of the worst kind
  that we ever knew

Japan had a huge earthquake 
  followed by a great wave
Which engulfed a reactor
  that they couldn’t quite save

A tornado hit Joplin 
  Alabama slammed too
Lots of tears then rebuilding
  nothing else could they do
 
And in once civil Norway
  one day folks ceased to smile
When a gun toting loner 
  shot some kids on an isle

While in Middle East cities
  young folks took to the streets
And they spoke to each other
  Using YouTube and tweets 
 
In Washington - Gridlock
   was the theme of the year
It brought ratings cuts to us
  and left nothing to cheer

Up sprang “Occupy Wall Street”
  it was almost a flop
‘Til a YouTube explosion
  of that pepper spray cop

Corzine’s MF Global 
  misplaced lots of dough
When they asked where it went
  he said - damned if I know

Herman Cain scored debate points
  his three “nines” moved up fast
But he made a quick exit  
   shocked by things from his past

We saw Merkel, Sarkozy
  a cliff-hanger in Greece
Bonga boy Berlusconi
  claimed some girl was his niece

The Prez had a few struggles
  in the polls he did slip
Prompting new speculation
  that Hil & Biden he’ll flip

Casey Anthony’s jury
  somehow had a doubt
And some Italian justice 
   let Amanda Knox out

A chambermaid pointed
   to a guy named Strauss-Kahn
But the District Attorney
  said her tale was a con

And then Anthony Weiner 
  emailed some pointed tweets
Charlie Sheen had a meltdown 
  as he screamed of his feats

Let not this year's memories
  of sadness or sleaze
Disturb you this day
  just give your heart ease

Have faith that this New Year
  will bring a new sign
And believe in yourself
   it will all work out fine

Just lift up your spirits
  and some fruit of the vine
And kiss ye a loved one
  and sing Auld Lange Syne

And late in the evening
  as you watch the ball fall
Wish yourself all the best
  Happy New Year to All!!

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