The Law of Diminishing Returns

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If love was a pure science, what formulae could we apply to it?

The Law of Diminishing Returns

“The problem with love”, he said

“Is that I never seem to get out of it

As much as I put in.

It’s what economists call

The Law of Diminishing Returns.

When inputs far outweigh outputs

Your business is no longer viable.”

“So, are you saying that love

Needs a better business model.

Is that it?” I replied. “But how do we

Attain greater efficiency,

Ceteris parabus,

From our romantic endeavours?

Perhaps we could apply for subsidies

To maintain moribund relationships.

And by extension of that logic

Beg for love on the streets

When we find ourselves lonely

And loveless. Or perhaps establish

Charities for the single and forlorn.

I can envisage the signs:

‘I need love. Please give generously.’

Or are the rules of love

Merely governed by supply and demand? ”

“I don’t know,” he said. “I’m not

An economist. I’m just a poet.”

And there lies the problem,

I thought.


Submitted: January 09, 2012

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PseudoScientist

Awesome idea. Also, I thought the way you made it into a conversation was very clever. Kept it from becoming trite. Made me grin.

Tue, January 10th, 2012 12:32am

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Thanks very much. Yeah, well, this method of writing, turning it into a conversation or discussion, is just a technique I employ sometimes to distance the voice of the narrator (me) from the reader. Otherwise it just sounds like a lecture or diatribe. But it's pretty much a conversation with myself (not in an insane way) projected as a dialogue. I just thought of this idea today, but it is pretty much an extension of one of my earlier poems called Sex Verses Love, but on a slightly more subtle level.
Cheers,
Craig.

Mon, January 9th, 2012 6:25pm

sadieblue

hi, i loved this poem, it was great, the ideas, the delivery, just amazing. i also loved the conversation aspect, and imagined two lovers talking about why they weren't working in a very objectified and removed way. really really love this poem.

Tue, January 10th, 2012 3:17am

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Thank you once again. I don't know where this came from, but I sat down and wrote it earlier today. I seem to be going through a bit of a creative phase at the moment. I hope it lasts.
I am always pleased when people enjoy my poetry, even if on the surface they appear a little cynical. As I said before, that's just my sense of humour. I think it is helpful to laugh at misfortune, and in comedy everything must go wrong. Or that's the theory.
Thanks again.
Cheers,
Craig.

Mon, January 9th, 2012 9:49pm

bobthebuilder

Great poem! Clever, unique idea and great way to lay it out. "LIKE"

Tue, January 10th, 2012 3:59am

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Thanks very much. I mean it. I wrote this earlier today and thought it was pretty funny using a juxtaposition between love and economic rationalist theory. I was thinking of putting a sign outside my house saying "I need love. Please give generously." But perhaps it would attract the wrong kind of person. Although I doubt that there is anyone as desperate and lonely as I am in this town, but I could be wrong.
Cheers,
Craig.

Mon, January 9th, 2012 9:40pm

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