Unemployed During Coronavirus Pandemic (a poem)

Virus hits your state.
Governor orders statewide lockdown.
Businesses close except those considered essential.
Your company isn’t essential.
You get laid off.
 
Fear hits you.
How are you going to pay bills?
What about food?
What about rent? (Or mortgage?)
How are the lights staying on?
 
Applying for unemployment.
Unemployment website always crashing.
Can’t get an unemployment representative on the phone.
 
Fear still bothering you.
Bills placing pressure on you.
Feeling lost.
Feeling hopeless.
What the fuck are you supposed to do now?
 
Add on having other mouths to feed.
Talking about your little ones.
A decision arrives.
What do you do?
Pay this bill or feed your family?
 
A month pass.
Still, can’t get unemployment.
Received a government stimulus check.
Check has President's signature on it.
Yet, that check spent fast.
Had no choice.
Bills had piled up.
Stimulus money gone now.
Financial worries still nagging you.
 
Lockdown slowly ending.
Some businesses allowed reopening.
Company phone calls for you to return.
But you don’t want to go back.
Rather receive the unemployment check.
 
You’re not lazy.
You’re not the type to sponge off the government.
Yet, your job’s setup can cause you to catch the virus.  
Company won’t even provide you a mask.
Some employees from company's other locations 
have died from the virus.
 
Still, you have bills to pay.
Mouths to feed.
You report back to work.

About Patrick Scott Barnes

Most of Central Florida knows Stone Crazy (Patrick Scott Barnes) as a poet. Yet, he also photographs, DJ and blogs. The rest of the time, the now sober blogger guzzles Diet Coke in Central Florida nightspots.
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2 Responses to Unemployed During Coronavirus Pandemic (a poem)

  1. Mr. White says:

    It’s the white mans fault that you choose to be a loser.
    It’s the white mans fault you didn’t go to college and do something with your life.
    You have gotten fired from every job you have ever had because you really are stupid and worthless. I wouldn’t pay you 50 cents to do anything.
    You are the problem….a race baiting negro that instigates and causes trouble for those that are successful.

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