This Tuesday’s poem is Why Do We Do What We Do by James Brown.
Sarah Jane Barnett who is this week’s editor paired the Tuesday Poets in a poetic version of ”Secret Santa” to post a poem or other offering by their ‘partner’ poet.
The results are linked in the sidebar and include:
How She Holds Her Head by Mary McCallum
Grapefruit by Clare Beynon
Cake With Fruit by Therese Clear
Christmas Baubles from Northland by Elizabeth Welsh
The Middle Ground by Belinda Hollyer
Elizabeth and Mary by Kathleen Jones
Kitchen Sonnets by Catherine Fitchett
Albedo by Harvey Malloy
Unnoticed by Harvey McQueen
countadowncountdownAuckland Countdown by Renee Liang
Xmas by Susan Landry
Christ in Aotearoa by Andrew Bell
Nerves by Sarah Jane Barnett
Burning With Joan of Arc by Helen Rickerby
Christmastide by Helen Lowe
Barksoup Winter by Jennifer Compton
There’s nothing new about backloading, it’s been going on for centuries because it reduces the costs of transport.
Once shipping started, backloading also provided ballast which is why the interiors of the beautiful old stone buildings in Oamaru’s historic precinct feature imported timber. It came back as ballast on the sailing ships which carried grain to the USA and Britain.
However, backloading requires willing buyers at both ends of the journey. If the market for produce going one way dries up it interferes with the transport of the backload which is what’s happened with The Grapefruits of Wrath .
Some 60% of the grapefruits consumed in Japan are grown in Florida. Floridian grapefruits account for almost all the grapefruits sold in Japan around this time of year.
But grapefruit are the backload in ships which take Japanese vehicles to the USA. Now the market for cars has soured, vehicle shipments have reduced and grapefruit are stuck in the USA.
Consumers in Japan will face rising prices as the supply of grapefruit drops and grapefruit growers in Florida are left with falling demand and a subsequent fall in their returns because of carmageddon – the drop in demand for vehicles.
Hat Tip: Frenemy