Poemdog

Dogs 2016

MINIMAL COVERAGE
(12/9/16)

no longer
able to afford
a reasonable
health policy

we bet
on bodily
breakdown

significant slices
of our salaries
siphoned away
by government
mandated
premiums

we live
a modified
existence

healthy
but not able
to fully
take advantage
of our well
being

our money
incinerated
by a corrupt

incompetent

institutional
furnace

our only payoff
would be
in the event
of our impending
deaths
or decrepitude

we pay
their blackmail
wondering
if we're hoping
for the best

or the worst

knowing
either way
that as long
as our hearts
beat

our lungs
expand

contract

that those
in power
really
cannot take
anything from
us

our miracles
secure
we ignore
the bank
statements

yearning
for one more
sunny
day