The Inflation Not Felt

Two paths diverged in the macro quandary
And sorry I could not play them both
And be one allocator, long I pondered
Inflation / deflation what lies yonder
And where to go for growth
Then picked deflation, the path of less,
With perhaps the better claim
Though not as popular in the press
Who thinks the Fed has fixed the mess
And made deflation tame
And both those paths before us lay
Treacherous for all
But we’ll keep inflation for another day
It’s coming, but not before this May
Deflation looms this fall
I’ll be telling this with a sigh
On the platforms of tomorrow
Two paths diverged in a macro quandary and I—
Deflation was what caught my eye
For too much have we borrowed

P.S. to Robert Frost: I'm terribly sorry.

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