Belinda

Belinda wants to know you

She reaches into her coat pocket

And brings out a quarter

For a candy bar that costs

A dollar nowadays

 

This is in the past, though

And she lives in the past

But she is curious all the same

 

She yells at the customer service rep

But it’s not his fault

That inflation keeps happening

And costs have gone up

To appease the shareholders

Most of them have this for retirement

And all they seem to want

Is a candy bar that costs a quarter

 

A house made of brick and asbestos

Back when they were sturdier

She thought it would survive a tornado

But she can’t patch the roof

Or fix the leaking toilet

She is watching reruns of reruns

And complaining about the young people

Who have to pay a dollar for a candy bar

When it used to be a quarter

 

© 2018 Valerie Hathaway

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