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2009

All that winter we waited for the ax to fall,
but it never did.

We kept our jobs. †

We'd meet up in the evening, exhausted,  
and eat entrees from the dollar store while the TV †
sputtered stories of layoffs and foreclosures †
and food pantries overrun
and homeless shelters overflowing †
and families sleeping in cars, †
going nowhere. †

We knew we were among the elite, †
having somehow been chosen from †
millions of dispensable American workers †
to continue to earn our bread †
while so many scrambled for just enough †
to feed their families. †

We hated those jobs †
but dared not speak it †
lest we tempt fate †
and bring the wrath of God down †
on our silly, ungrateful asses. †
We did whatever the bosses asked †
without complaint. †
Unpaid overtime. †
Using our own cars to make deliveries. †
Skipping lunch but not getting paid for the half hour.  
It occurred to me that we no longer held any cards at all -- † †
that while we were free to walk out †
there were thousands of desperadoes waiting to take the jobs we might give up †
over such a silly, intangible things as pride.
javalini
Written by javalini
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Author's Note
The crash of 2008. We thought it was about as bad as it could get. We didn't see the current crisis coming. Somebody said, "If capitalism is so great, why does socialism have to bail it out every...
The crash of 2008. We thought it was about as bad as it could get. We didn't see the current crisis coming. Somebody said, "If capitalism is so great, why does socialism have to bail it out every ten years." Every one of us is vulnerable. This current nightmare should prove it.
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