Sunday, February 28, 2016

Mikaela Castledine #59 Inflation

I still remember
the first clothes
I bought for myself
at sixteen
catching the bus to the city

a silken shirt
olive green with cap sleeves and a soft rolled collar
cream pants with pleats
poetry paid for them
I'd had a good run in the under eighteens

it still pays about the same
writing has never been indexed to inflation
and now those winnings would barely cover the bus fare
and a coffee

my last highly commended
made me fifty bucks
now that I think about it
they never even sent me

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