'LOW'
by M.P. Powers‏

I should probably pick up
the phone and ingratiate myself
to my latest creditor
he's leaving a message on the machine -
a little stern and yet polite

he's just doing his job
and when he finishes
giving me his sermon
he'll be onto the next, the next, the endless
stream of debtors

day after day and every night
I can picture him
going home to his children and wife
enjoying a hot dinner

warming his toes by the fireplace

the occasional
blowjob on some stiff sears mattress
to help him fall asleep

to help him forget
about people like me - the soggy
deadbeats
of america

a people he has inherited
a people that will never go away

I should probably pick up
the phone and introduce myself
to him - talk about politics, rembrandt,
the collected poems of oliver
wendell holmes

I should probably pick up the phone
and talk about anything
other than my debt

I've already
decided I'm going
down