Poem about credit card debt

Drawing of the many-headed hydra of debt, loss, tax and sepdning

The many-headed hydra of debt

Yo Hercules, go slay the stinking Hydra!

And so he did, bashing lump after lump
of debts that muscled out and split,
every neck stump spurting two more heads
hissing acid in his face—
that’s how it is with finance.
Bash one bill with a credit card
and lo you have doubled the debt
and triggered an exponential threat.

Even Hercules had help:
a nephew cauterized the stumps
and did the sums but hey
Hercules thought ahead.
He dipped his arrows
in the blood of Hydra
toxin for tax
and future combat with the budget.
Clever lad.
That’s his retirement plan.

Not sure that even the writer understands this fully, apart from the mood. Poem and drawing by Rachel McAlpine cc by 2.0.

14 thoughts on “Poem about credit card debt

  1. Sadje says:

    Debt and credit card debt is something we should avoid totally. Great poem

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Thanks Sadje.

      1. Sadje says:


  2. I’m six months into trying to 100% free. Only 12 months to go. Debt is advised by companies but not by me. Great Poem.

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Good plan!

  3. I’m slowly working towards paying off my credit card debt. It truly sucks😟

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      You’re on your way, that’s the thing.

  4. Dan Antion says:

    Nicely done. I wonder if every head can place orders over the Internet? That could be a problem.

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Ordering tourniquets no doubt.

  5. anne leueen says:

    Great poem and drawing! I am unable to tolerate debt . I think in a previous life I died in a debtor prison.

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Mr Mickawber would approve.

  6. Anonymous says:


    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Sorry to hear that. Especially if the poem made it worse.

  7. Is it Christmas time? 😉 Great poem.

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