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" Down and Out "

Don’t look at me with pity
Do you really even care?
I don’t think so,
I see you standing there
Standing at the top.

Don’t think that you can’t fall …
Your empire can crumble,
come down…
just as fast as you rose to the top.

I’m in the dark today.
Did you forget what it was like
to be hungry, not have a dime
to even consider stealing…
turn to a life of crime?

Peek out the window
is the tax man there?
Are they here to turn the lights out,
shut the gas off, throw you out?

Trade some food stamps
for some dog food
to feed your only friends.
Can’t bear to see them hungry,
so you settle for some bread.

And as you lay your head
upon those linens made of satin,
there are people in the streets
in the corner of an alley…
who go to bed hungry
with a blanket made of paper,
who go unoticed
like it doesn’t even matter.

Remember when I had it too?
I opened my hands
and gave to you.
Without a thought.
No payback requested.
You needed, and I gave it.
never mentioned it again.

Another morning wake up…
today you sell your diamond ring,
to pay a couple bills off,
stay above the waters deep.

Reflections of the good life…
of lobster, wine and song.
Four star hotels and margeuritas,
massages and shopping malls.

As you cruise in your mercedes
with the golden life you lead,
remember time is panting
to the same eventuality.

When they lay you in a coffin
all the luxury you had,
returns to the dirt
will the people feel bad.

Will that shiney rolex matter
in a cemetary plot ?
who will come to visit
when your body begins to rot?

I guess that I would come there…
because I still have heart.
I don’t forget old friendships
something that can’t be bought.

At some point I will join you
no one mortal can escape.
I guess we will be equal then
money there is overrated.

" Down and Out "

Gail Jones

Wilkes-Barre, United States

Artist's Description

Life can turn chapters in the blink of an eye. Try to remain humble, don’t take your eyes off the prize.

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