re: notice of rent increase
here’s why it hurts to be poor: the
lack permeates everything. you sense &
expect poverty in each relationship; all of
your arguments have the same unventilated loser.
this feels like underwater lunging, presents like
getting smacked then launched outside your ego meat—
while watching yourself react. often satisfactory options
will be unavailable to you, & that’s a tinge you’ll
wear basically everywhere. you’ll also blame insects for
alienating you during conversations where there were none.
the worst of it, though, is the chaos of existing while
actively resisting the empathy shaping your bones,
your morality too. you could eventually stop listening
for love, causing you to become what you once feared.
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Michelle Everette is a writer and educator in Greensboro, North Carolina.