The State of The Economy

Louis Jenkins

There might be some change on top of the dresser at the back, and there are some pennies in a jar in the closet. We should check the washer and the dryer. Check under the floor mats of the car. The couch cushions. I have some books and CD’s I could sell, and there are a couple of big bags of aluminum cans in the basement, only trouble is that there isn’t enough gas in the car to get around the block. And the price of gasoline goes up every day. I’m expecting a check sometime next week, which, if we are careful, will get us through to payday. In the meantime with your one-dollar rebate check and a few coins we have enough to walk to the store and buy a quart of milk and a newspaper. On second thought, forget the newspaper. 

“The State of the Economy” from Before You Know It: Prose Poems 1970-2005 © 2009 by Louis Jenkins. Published by Will o’ the Wisp Books. Used by permission.