Minimum Existence

Counting the change hoping to make sense

the clatter of copper as coin hits coin

a constant metallic taunt of coming up short

wish for the beautiful folded silence of paper

Decisions of necessity looking in a cupboard

portions estimated, ingredients to substitute

planning for a lunch box and subsistence supper

minimal existence working for minimum wage

Cold nose and numb feet two ends of shivering body 

temptation to turn on heating is numbly resisted

unopened gas bill can’t be hidden from the mind

residing in the cupboard, no skeleton just a monster

Waiting with Leap card as another full bus passes

time does not tick but digitally slides into tardiness

five minutes late is a quarter hour deducted

and the first drops of rain wash the hope away.

– CIARAN BURKE

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