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  Shuttin' These Words Down
by Lori S. Maynard
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Rated "PG" by the Author.

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Well...I've worked only 9 months since Thanksgiving of 2007. Being laid off when the housing market first dove (I worked for a land surveyor) and available work becomes so hard to find...I'm sadly contemplating shutting my authorsden site down. It's paid until August and at that point...I may pull the plug. :~( I was hoping for a sponsor, but I am just a meager poet and there are others who are worth so much more on here :) Take care, enjoy this poem. Economy, economy...

Oh, friends, here we are teetering at an edge we did not expect to find.
Neighborhoods but empty ruins...was it foretold? Were we so blind?
Expensive suits of executives hanging silent in foreclosed closets.
The American dream found...but like fools, we've suddenly lost it.

Incomes spent in gasoline tanks...fumes more valuable than gold.
Unemployment....stocks failing...blood's a commodity to now be sold.
Orange stickers on empty windows and tall grass where neighbors were.
Food pantries with waiting lines...oh, how the sure has become unsure.

Bailout after bailout for those who can afford those private planes.
Companies, once failed, seek new life changing their synonymous names.
AIG now AIU...ha, as though they believed we'd, one day, forget.
Reaching the dream of homeownership...I'm sorry to have ever attempt it.

Murder-suicides now flood the airwaves of some poor soul that did snap.
Burglaries and violent crimes now overwhelm my city's aerial map.
Rummage sales to sustain some hope, but what is left to sell?
How slow was this decline that we've now found ourselves so close to hell?

Ongoing wars being fought with dollars ciphoned to those shores.
We now have a "car czar" and "pay czar"  and there shall be more!
What other changes are occurring in this land of liberty?
I'm waiting for my poetry to be speech still truly free?

Money to be attached to our electric bills to go to the Federal guys.
Sales taxes increasing to afford what the government could not buy.
Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis...a billion dollar mortal joke
Already asking for their own bailout...the operation's already broke.

I miss the days that I was happy and my friends were happy too!
There was always an adventure, something to laugh at, something to do!
Vacations planned and charity seemed so grand back then.
Just a couple of years ago...what I wouldn't give to be back in that "when"

Prices climbing up and confidence falling down...that's where we are today.
Each day, I hope for improvement.  Each day...each day...each day...

(c) June 13, 2009 Lori S. Maynard
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I know that it's the little things that we should all be grateful for these days.  However, it's just rough possessing the realization that you can lose your home and have to decide if you eat from one day to the next.  If I were to end up losing my home, I have no where to go.  I wonder where all of the people have gone from all of those houses with "forclosed" in the front yard?  I never leave my house these days and even just visiting my parents who live about 30 miles away is a major trip that I must plan to have fuel for.

True, the little things are what make us happy...those moments of smelling a freshly cut lawn, the air after a good rain storm and sipping cold lemonade on a hot summer day.  Feeling a tug at your fishing line, a good joke and moments spent with friends and family.

But now...I have to worry about it costing 3 gallons a week to mow my yard regularly and use the weed eater, wonder if I can afford to make the lemonade, if I can afford the fishing license and the bait as well as the gas to get there and the gas needed to visit people.  How sad how reliant we have become on the dollar.  Before, we just never seemed to think about it.  If a friend needed help, there was a handout to give.

What to do when all of your friends have lost their jobs, one is losing their house, one is going through a divorce?  I'm great at making people laugh.  That's what I do....  life may be hard now; but, laughter is still free.

Sorry to have ranted on and on about this... I know that it's a sore subject for a lot of people out there these days.  :o)





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Reviewed by Sheila Roy 11/19/2010
I'm not sure I agree with the statement that other poets are more worthy than you. Great rhythm and rhyme in this poem, and I think blue-collar workers around the world can relate to your message. Been feeling the squeeze myself, since being laid off - 13 years at one place, down the drain, but those are the breaks. I hope your situation has improved since you wrote this. All the topics you brought up effect the lot of us. Everyone wants our money, but the return is minimal. What bothers me the most about the economy is the amount of folks willing to take advantage when one is down. As if job-hunters need to be overwhelmed with scams and offers to go to school. Thanks for sharing this poem!
Reviewed by Lois Christensen 7/26/2009
Lori, dear you said mostly all that needs t o be said of these bad and sparingly dense and moneyless days. I know I lost my trailer after hubby Tom died and am living in small efficiency apt in low income housing high rise, hate it, but have to do what you have to do. Really I suppose it is going to get worse and never better, according to God's word. Sorry to be religious , but could not help it either.
Reviewed by Felix Perry 6/13/2009
You are not alone though that is small consolation, I had to put my own house up for sale Friday as I can no longer afford to keep it. As for the membership, if you don't mind a bronze membership we have a program in place now that may help...let me know.
Reviewed by Bennett Kremen 6/13/2009
You're not alone. "We must love one another or die," as W.H.Auden said. It's time Americans stop living only for themselves. We must get out of this all of us together or face the whirlwind. Good luck to you.
Reviewed by Mary Lacey, Desertrat 6/13/2009

I think you hit everyone today with a strong dose of reality. Some realizing it more than others. You just have to wonder..when will it all end.

Reviewed by Regis Auffray 6/13/2009
These are very tough times, Lori. You express this very effectively via your verses here. You know, you can be a member of AD for free. A friend of mine is a member. He is able to post and to comment and it costs him nothing. Of course, this is not the same as having a gold membership but it works. Love and best wishes to you,

Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 6/13/2009

You are not a "meager poet." TRUST me when I say this. Request a sponsor, you never know what may happen. It's there for the offering. Ya know? You're in my prayers - hate to see this happening to you. :(

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. :(
Reviewed by Dallas D'Angelo-Gary 6/13/2009
Ah, that's too bad, Lori. I appreciate your poetry.
Reviewed by Edwin Hurdle 6/13/2009
Hi Lori,it is so tough out here in this world from loosing jobs to unemployment.The best thing that we can do is hope for the better.Also despite the recession that we are having,people should appreciate the littliest things that they have from their family,friends and most of all their lives.Those things makes a person rich inside of their hearts.I hope things will go right for you.It will get better somehow.take care

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