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Laundered Money

by Chris Sorrenti

I don’t know what all the fuss is about?

how organized crime goes to such lengths
to cleanse their earnings
and the authorities always one step behind
still manage to shut it down

when I discovered quite innocently
by chance today
a perfectly legal way to wash my money

a twenty, a ten, a five dollar bill
forgotten in the left pocket of my trousers
a simple case of cause and effect
the result of too much multitasking

and when those bills came out of the dryer
who wouldn’t take comfort?
the notes were still intact
with all the dirt passed from hand to hand
washed away with the rinse cycle

I’m only a small time operator
of course
the Mafia would need
a much larger washer and dryer
to get their cash as clean as mine

 photo moneyred1.jpg

© 2009
Photo courtesy of the Net

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Posted on 04/03/2009
Copyright © 2020 Chris Sorrenti

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Mary Frances Spencer on 04/03/09 at 05:38 AM

LOL! nothing like some freshly washed cash! MFS

Posted by Gabriel Ricard on 04/03/09 at 11:36 AM

Heh. Sounds like you were made for this line of work. Nicely done.

Posted by Joan Serratelli on 04/03/09 at 12:41 PM

HA! Thanks for the fun read....and the picture. I COULD be wrong, but I don't think the mob really launders money in a washer/dryer! Cute write. I really enjoyed it!

Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 04/03/09 at 11:26 PM

Very clever satire on money laundering. Glad yours came out clean and whole!

Posted by Morgan D Hafele on 04/04/09 at 05:12 AM

man if money was really that easy to clean i'd be selling kidneys left, right, and center. but i would run out really quick since i only have two...

Posted by Graeme Fielden on 04/05/09 at 11:23 PM

haha, thanks for the giggle, Chris. :)

Posted by Bruce W Niedt on 04/08/09 at 04:06 PM

Cute! I think about that every time I find a bill that goes through the wash too. Sometimes I keep it as my "service fee".... d;-)

Posted by Glenn Currier on 01/02/10 at 04:33 AM

I am chuckling. What a cool poem to read as I begin the new year with a smile. Yes, you might be small time unable to find many Ben Franklins to cleanse, but you are big time here. I am glad to join your gang any time. You have so often blown me away, but still I come back for more. Thanks buddy.

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