Summer Poetry Slam Winner: Week 2
by: Flo Whitmore
Wages, tips, etc:
$2.13 an hour and calloused heels.
Federal income tax withheld:
A void check every week for a year.
Social security wages:
Refilling Sunday brunch mugs.
Social security tax withheld:
8% back in dimes and nickels.
Medicare wages and tips:
A spirit weakened at the third vertebrae.
Medicare tax withheld:
A doctor’s visit in 35 years.
The government gets 83 dollars and 57 cents more.
My shoe is a bird that doesn’t see the glass.