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New Roomie

(Companion to today’s former post “Taking Up Your Slack,” and written about the same household.

Young Jeremiah Rosado finally filled the fourth empty bedroom for which he’d been trying to cadge money from the rest of us.

That roommate’s words to the poet in less than one month appear verbatim below)

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Recorded Reading: https://www.dropbox.com/s/vu6ccjo88iq05ol/new%20roomie.mp3?dl=0

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New Roomie

He said:
This place is total trash.

I said what he was too polite to say:
Total white trash, that’s right

He said:
I can’t even stay till the end of the month
I find other places to be
There hasn’t been one day
Without drama since I’ve been here
This place is toxic
I’ve been working extra
To get on up out of here

He said:
You should too

I said:
I’ve been doing this
For ten years and longer
I can’t work extra
I can’t go to work at all

At this social level
This is what is available
This and thousands of others
Just like it

Lucky if you can make it work for two months

I’ve moved so often
Social Security doesn’t believe me anymore

He said:
You need to lose that defeatest attitude
You’re a woman
You’re a senior citizen
There are programs
There’s hope

I said:
You don’t know me well enough
To know how thoroughly
I’ve checked all that out?
You don’t think I check it out again
Every day?

I didn’t have time to say:

How would you feel right now
If I said there are programs
for black people too?

You are a victim of the system
Designed to bring you the illusion
Of those programs

(I don’t have time to write here:
All the ways in which they fail
A poet)

He said:
Exactly the same things he’d said before

I wished him well
And closed my door

Since
At the moment
I had one to close

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Among us, poets are ill paid. In order to continue her work, this one currently lives in her minivan, on an income of a fraction of our nation’s poverty level. If her work has moved, enabled or uplifted you, your contribution to this effort may be made at: https://www.gofundme.com/kx4xka-are-you-a-patron-of-the-arts

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Published by Ana Daksina

Read worldwide half a million times, Ana Daksina is a Troubador of the coming age.

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