We need to have a talk.
I’d offer you a chair, but you’ve already smashed that.
I’d offer you a drink, but I can’t afford to make you water.
I’d offer you food, but I have two kidney beans and tomato paste to last me.
You keep taking everything I have.
I’ve tried to feel compassion because I see you in sunken cheeks.
I’ve tried to understand, but you took away my medical care too
I’ve tried to wear your shoes, but they disintegrated immediately.
I’ve attempted great feats of courage, heroism, and charity
On your behalf, but you won’t leave.
Politely, I decline to allow you purchase in my life.
You’re going to leave and not return.
I can’t abide not paying my bills because of you.
I can’t stand the idea of stagnant mobility because of pain
I no longer wish you to attend my every day.
You will go. You will leave.
You will not return. I will watch you bleed.
Poverty, you are not welcome in my home any more.
There’s the door.
While I still have one, leave and return no more.