Effects of the Great Recession
“sometimes i wonder
just how old you really are.
i mean, when people are twenty-five
they are supposed to act older
he strains for the proper yet gentle word.
he doesn’t have to say it.
“you know how i was talking before
about bills i can’t pay
because i have no money
and how it made me depressed
because i can’t fix it right now
and i really don’t feel a reason to live
those were my grown-up thoughts.
notice, i ran from them
directly into talk of video games,
board games, imagination
and all these things you label as childish.
this is something you may have studied
in one of your literature classes
or elsewhere at some point in your,
so called, adult life.
this is escapism.
it is my best defense.”
he is stunned to silence.