From Paycheck To Paycheck

From Paycheck to Paycheck
 
Our government workers
Received their paychecks
One zero followed by another
A wall now divides
The haves and have-nots
Clueless leaders don’t seem to be bothered
 
What we have heard
It’s what we all know
We live from paycheck to paycheck
Paying the mortgage
Feeding our loved ones
A nightmare of “what happens next?”
 
For homeless Clevelanders
Push comes to shove
The Metroparks’ heartless deadline
For those well-off
With money to spare
They couldn’t care less, they’re just fine
 
We chuckle at those
Who shop to save
Walmart is a not so funny joke
From paycheck to paycheck
It’s how most of us live
There’s no harm in being common folk
 
Millions are “this close”
A mere paycheck away 
From living life out on the street
Be kind and generous
Reach out, shake a hand
Look into their eyes when you meet
 
We are all a family
Trying hard to survive
Some lives are derailed in the wreck
The saddest reality?
The American Dream
Stretched and torn from paycheck to paycheck
 
Copyright ©2018 Jack P. Marschall

Jack P. Marschall

Visitor Services Representative (VSR), Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Former Communications Director, City of Parma Former Cleveland news broadcaster

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 10:34 AM, 02.01.2019