Poemdog

Dogs 2016

ONE MORE PAYDAY
(3/1/16)


industry
downturn
they term
it

hundreds
of thousands
jobs lost
seems more
like a downplosion

calling
past customers
is an exercise
in depression

so many are
"seeking
new opportunities"

I wonder
about the mouths
that need to be
fed
while they're searching
for another
paying proposition

I wonder
about my own
mouth

miraculously
I am handed
another paycheck

with the numbers
so bad
I know
that it may be
among the last

if not
the final

I buy
gas

groceries

pay the bills

trying to imagine
not being able
to do so
two weeks
from now

56 years
old

no
alternative plan

no other
prospects

I begin
to enjoy
waiting
in line
at the bank

grateful
to have
business
there

looking
out the window

seeing more
and more
shuffling
the sidewalks

at least
the weather
is nice