debt


does the $50,000 i owe

make me any less human?

or the fact that  i come from a lineage of debt

that the house i grew up in was seized

by Wells Fargo that i lived

in a foreclosed home for years

on the precipice of homelessness

does it matter that as a child

i knew the ins and outs of bankruptcy

not once but twice and moved in

with the grandparents so we wouldn’t be put

out on the streets

it mattered so much that my fondest home

was an encampment outside city hall

how i handed out pamphlets

like my life depended on it

“the mayor and police

are not our friends”

it stated but the self-described

organizers colluded with the oppressors

all while chastising us for being too radical

when we ran from the picket lines

down market street to the glass

storefronts of bank HQs and banged

on the windows but there was not enough of us

it was then i knew that the money i owed

made me worth more

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