karen’s story (as heard in the welfare line)

I was the last one
to be employed

my third job
working in
hospitality

but I
was the first one
to get the call

a quiet
sad word
from the manager

first to go
and now
all three jobs
are gone

I’ve got no money
but the mortgage
is due
tomorrow

so far I haven’t had a call
to say
it’s likely
to be waived

I don’t want
to cry about myself
I’m not the only one
like this

it’s everyone
and everywhere

but
I don’t know
what I
am going to do
and this line
to get the dole
moves slow

I’m not going
not getting
anywhere

but my little girls
still need
to eat

~

14 thoughts on “karen’s story (as heard in the welfare line)

  1. Our government is attempting to get some cash to those laid off — but it’s a real struggle. We have been shut down from one to 17 days, depending on the state — it’s a strange jigsaw puzzle as to what one can/cannot do. I fear that it will last much longer than we all hope!

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  2. A powerful poem, Frank. This is exactly what I am fearing. Our government has imposed a lock down for 21 days from Friday this week. Our economy was already a complete mess due to years of corruption and mismanagement of funds. I believe, or should I say know, it is going to collapse. We are going to face a great depression and people starving. It is scary.

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