poetry,  romance

Poem: You’ll ask yourself how you got through it.

“We are broke.”

“So broke.”

“We can’t afford this apartment.”

“It’s the best we can do.”

You’ll ask yourself how you got through it.

“We are still broke.”

“So broke.”

“Who knew getting pregnant could be THAT easy?”

“I feel like multiple people tried to tell us.”

“What are we going to do?”

“I don’t know.”

You’ll ask yourself how you got through it.

“What if I wanted to be a doctor? Major in Biology?”

“I think you could be a doctor.”

“But we’re broke.”

“So broke. We can put your first class on the credit card.”

“Isn’t that like 29% APR?!”

You’ll ask yourself how you got through it.

“We’re even more broke.”

“So broke.”

“HOW did this happen AGAIN?!”

“I don’t know.”

“I feel like we know.”

“Breastfeeding definitely has to work this time.”

You’ll ask yourself how you got through it.

“I can’t continue my degree here.”

“So we’ll move to Jacksonville.”

“But we’re broke.”

“So broke.”

You’ll ask yourself how you got through it.

“How can we POSSIBLY be THIS broke and STILL breathing?!”

“Did you change your major to Physics today?”

“Yeah.”

You’ll ask yourself how you got through it.

“The kids and I never see you. I’m tired. I have no friends. We have 16 cents in our bank account right now.”

“I can stop. I can stop right now. Honestly, I want to.”

“No. It just … sucks.”

“I know.”

You’ll ask yourself how you got through it.

“You can’t finish your degree unless I move home.”

“I feel like this is a terrible idea.”

“You can’t pass your classes and work full time anymore. It’s your senior year. You just can’t. You’ll fail and then all of this will be for nothing.”

“But we need money.”

“I think this work from home gig is panning out for me. You can work part time. We’ve got this. I think.”

You’ll ask yourself how you got through it.

“I finally graduate.”

“We’re finally all together.”

“We’re making future plans.”

“We were finally NOT broke.”

“And then a hurricane destroys our town.”

You’ll ask yourself how you got through it.

“I spent 5 hours in commute today.”

“I watched 4 kids today while trying to write.”

“I miss our home.”

“Me too.”

You’ll ask yourself how you got through it.

“I can’t live in this house anymore! Everything is a wreck, it still smells terrible, our clothes smell like mildew …”

“I know.”

You’ll ask yourself how you got through it.

“We’re almost done with repairs.”

“Yeah.”

“We’re not broke.”

“Nope.”

“So … what now?”

We’ll ask ourselves how we got through it.

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