Insidious punishment

dictates the rhythm of life

the struggle to survive

constant poverty.


He studies     starts projects

that might turn into income

but needs money     to

bring them to fruition.


Persistence brings

full-time work     elation

until     staff-cuts send him     

~ and the new suit he could ill-afford ~



The subsistence merry-go-round

swings high and wide…

years pass

short-term jobs come and go

they build their family


life will never be easy


into low-paid work with poor conditions

and long overnight shifts.


The cloud of recompense

still hovers     decades on

begging the questions…


Who pays?     and

For how long?


c. Kathryn Coughran ~ 24th January 2019


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