motel life

chipped paint tile floors
carpet stained hallways
unwashed blankets
pruned washed sheets
overused pillows
cigarette burned pillow cases
rent is due
excuse is crucial
kids come in handy in these moments
i’m studying Machiavelli’s “The Prince”
while these minions beg for grace
to stay another night without the money
to pay … i’m in a moral quandary.
Do I let this family stay another night
based on a promise that they will
pay tomorrow night for the week
including the previous night(s)
or
my bonus, which will allow me
to purchase Gucci shoes …
fuck it; i really don’t care about
homeless families–somebody will
feed those kids. I really need those new Gucci’s.

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jonathandeanrichie

Recently moved back to the States after living 16 months in Vietnam. I write to remove the thoughts trapped in the cobwebs of my psyche before the spider envelopes me whole.

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