Waking, Working, Resting — Repeat
sore from livelihood,
stiffens into rolled quarters,
and my soul becomes dollar signs.
Nickels and dimes
add up to a deficit of health.
Succumb to the ultimate social responsibility:
bettering the economy over bettering yourself.
The edge of a paycheck
drags through your life
like the chains you wear to work —
furnishing formality, forsaking fulfillment.
by bottom lines
after taxes and