Poem: Life After the Congressional Budget Cuts

Poem: Life After the Congressional Budget Cuts

A little old lady,
Sits in the corner remembering,
A home, was very nice
A place to sleep, was very nice
But the biggest heartbreak of all
Was the loss of her only picture
Of her dead husband, Henry
He hated having his picture taken
So the only one that was left
Was the picture from their wedding day
He’d been killed in the Korean War, dead for years
But his picture sat in a corner,
On top of his carefully folded military uniform
And every morning Esther would greet him
“Good morning love”
And he would smile
And his smile would say, “Good morning Esther”
But his picture was crumpled and thrown out
When the Sheriff came to toss her out
Out of her house, her home
For her home was an “entitlement program”
A program giving the elderly a place to live
Now she sits, tucked in the corner
Of a library? No its shut down
In a senior center? No its shut down
Of an old people’s home? No its shut down
A public bathroom? No a public bathroom is a socialist idea, so its shutdown
But an outside corner of a building soon to be demolished
Because it was an affordable housing complex
A few moms sit beside her, with their crying children in their arms
Soon they will not even be able to sit there
The building will be demolished to make way for condos
Privatization of the land that was bought by the federal government for the poor
“Entitlement programs” helping those in need,
The poor
The elderly
The sick
All programs smashed
And the richest of the rich getting richer
While the poorest of the poor
If they are lucky, live in rat infested workhouses
“But the masses are starving,
They cannot afford to eat.”
To this the Republicans and Blue Dog Democrats reply,
“Well then, let the eat cake!”

This poem was inspired by the congressional budget as what I can easily see happening if this budget passes.

2 thoughts on “Poem: Life After the Congressional Budget Cuts

  1. Enjoyed walking and talking with you at Clear Creek today. So glad I met you – feeling less hopeless, more inspired to just do what i can do – that’s all that is needed! Love this poem – shared it on facebook.


    1. It was great meeting you, it is great to meet a person who is so in touch with what is really going on in our country. I am grateful that you like this poem. Please keep in touch.

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