Dogs 2015

CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE
(6/9/15)


it seems
strange
to be living
in this country

to be making
a moderate
amount
of money

living
a comfortable
lifestyle

more fortunate
than most
in the world

yet paying
much more
percentagewise
in taxes
fees
and premiums
than those making
not that much
more

than those
making
not that much
less

we seem
to have fewer
resources

fewer
possessions

than those
on either
side
of us

it's
a continuing
complaint

I remember
the same
gripe
from my father
over 40 years
ago

we seem
to be punished
for not being
more
of a success

for not being
more
of a failure

some
in our class
simply ride
their credit limits
living the lifestyle
to which
they feel entitled

others
simply accept
less

knowing
that somebody
has to pay
the toll
for our spending
society

some
of us
become minimalists
knowing
that the basics
are provided

we learn
not to envy
those
with greater
possessions

those
with lesser
responsibilities

good
for them

they
could not
exist
without us

without
our complicity

we
are the tinder
for their materialistic
fires

we need
neither
their benefits

nor appreciation

but their
vilification
is absolutely
unfounded

they see
us as underachievers

or as
over privileged

how
we can be
both
confuses us

luckily
by the time
that we have
the time
to consider
such unfairness

the work bell
sounds

again

through labor
we free ourselves
from such
frivolous notions

thankfully
we have
jobs
to do